Analoge Räume - zur Geschichte des komplexen Verhältnisses von Information, Wissen und Raum
On the one hand the interdisciplinary conference "Analogous spaces - architecture and the space of information, intellect and action" taking place 2008 in Belgium presented research activities on the history of scholarly information and communication. With it at the same time it was a journey to the origins of the early information society. Otherwise the conference connected information history with the history of culture, architecture and art by referring various analogies between analog and digital spaces. Topical starting point was the Belgian Paul Otlet as founder of documentation around the turn of the 20th century. In an excursus the German chemist and information pioneer Wilhelm Ostwald is especially mentioned as part of the intellectual network of Otlet.