Related Links for Chapter 6 -- The Web
Paul Otlet and the Mundaneum were the subject of a superb 2008 New York Times article by Alex Wright titled "The Web Time Forgot." It can be accessed here at the Times archives or by Googling the article title if the direct link is blocked due to the Time's paywall.
A museum dedicated to the Mundaneum and life work of Paul Otlet is located in Mons, Belgium about one hour from Brussels. The museum website is here.
Vannevar Bush published his influential "As We May Think" article in the July 1945 issue of The Atlantic Monthly and it was reprinted by Life magazine in September. His description of the proposed Memex (Memory Extension) device shaped the information processing dreams of a generation of computer scientists, including Douglas Engelbart. The article may accessed at this site.
An animated video that explains the operation of the Memex device can be viewed here.
Gary Wolf's article "The Curse of Xanadu" about Ted Nelson and Project Xanadu was published in the June 1995 issue of Wired magazine. It can accessed at the Wired website using this link.
Douglas Engelbart's 1962 SRI report "Augmenting Human Intellect: A Conceptual Framework" to the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research is available online at the Doug Engelbart Institute website. See section III, where Engelbart analyzes Vannevar Bush’s As We May Think ideas in detail.
A nine-part grainy, low-resolution film of Doug Engelbart leading the Mother of All Demos in San Francisco in 1968 is accessible online at YouTube at this link. This was one of the first public demonstrations of the mouse as a pointing device, computer-based word processing, hypertext, and the use of icons to represent tasks.
Tim O’Reilly's 2004 article "The Architecture of Participation" is accessible at the O’Reilly Media website at this link.