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RE: Web History Timeline Project

From: Delphine Jenart <delphine.jenart@mundaneum.be>
Date: Wed, 10 Oct 2012 16:05:52 +0000
To: Max Froumentin <maxf@webfoundation.org>, John Allsopp <john@webdirections.org>
CC: "public-webhistory@w3.org" <public-webhistory@w3.org>
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Hi everyone!

Thanks Max for mentioning Otlet and Mundaneum :-)
And congratulations John this timeline is a great tool - just let me know if we can spread the word about it?

I work for Mundaneum in Mons in (the French speaking part) of Belgium.
Mundaneum is first a documentation center but also a museum.

The institution is very concerned about web history for Mundaneum is considered as a "proto www" ('the web time forgot' told the NYTimes; or the 'paper Google'). We had the opportunity to announce a collaboration with Google last springtime:
+ there was a stunning buzz about Otlet on the web last June:

and we just launched on Monday a new exhibit to tell the history of gathering and distributing information called "Renaissance 2.0/a journey through the origins of the web" :

One of the partner of this exhibit is the computer history museum (Marc Weber came to the launch in Mons this Monday)
>  you may know this short video displaying the theme 'hypertext pioneers' (placing Otlet and La Fontaine at the very beginning of the time line): 
this might help as well?

another resource I think might interest you is the Atlas of Science (by Katy Borner from University of Indiana / MIT Press):
There's an interesting timeline in it connecting Melvil Dewey (American librarian author of the decimal classification), Otlet & La Fontaine to IT personalities such as TBL, Brin & Page, Khale or Wales.

Best regards,


Delphine Jenart
Assistant manager & Communication manager
Archives centre of the French Community & Museum

-----Message d'origine-----
De : Max Froumentin [mailto:maxf@webfoundation.org] 
Envoyé : mardi 2 octobre 2012 20:34
À : John Allsopp
Cc : public-webhistory@w3.org
Objet : Re: Web History Timeline Project

Hi John, 

I'm listening to the podcast right now, and looking at the timeline which is impressive.
I guess you're receiving a lot of feedback on things to add.

I could suggest a few myself, like Paul Otlet's Mundaneum. But I'd feel bad filling out the form myself, given that people from the Mundaneum are on this group and (I'm sure) reading this and (I hope) thinking of submitting the Mundaneum.

Personally, I would add Minitel, WAIS and Gopher. But you may have considered them already?

I'd also suggest adding a search box (hopefully timeline.js allows it). That way I could make sure you've got Roy Fielding's REST, Wiki Wiki Web, XML, the semantic web. Perhaps something about social networks (although I agree about boo.com), since I think it's worth some investigation from a historical point of view.


On 26 Sep 2012, at 02:10, John Allsopp <john@webdirections.org> wrote:

> Hi all,
> a few folks here I know, some very well, others, hello.
> Some may have heard Eric (Meyer) and my chat on "the web behind" last 
> week, which Eric mentioned on the CG wiki.
> http://5by5.tv/webahead/35
> During that, I announced the Web History Timeline project, which I've 
> been working on, to create a more time/narrative based way of 
> exploring the ideas and technologies of the history of the web.
> http://webdirections.org/history/
> It's not about things like the launch of boo.com, but browsers, 
> servers and other software, languages, RFCs, specs, essays and 
> publications, and so on.
> Breakthrough sites and applications, for example, the standards based 
> Wired redesign are also the sort of thing I'm thinking about.
> It's very much a work in progress, and I'd love any and all suggestions.
> If you've got thoughts, suggestions, etc, please drop me an email
> john@webdirections.org
> or fill in this form
> http://www.webdirections.org/blog/the-web-history-timeline-project/
> thanks!
> john
> --
> John Allsopp
> Web Directions
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