By Markus Krajewski
This present day on virtually each table in each place of work sits a working laptop or computer. 80 years in the past, pcs have been built with a nonelectronic info processing computing device: a card dossier. In Paper Machines, Markus Krajewski lines the evolution of this proto-computer of rearrangeable elements (file playing cards) that grew to become ubiquitous in places of work among the realm wars. the tale starts with Konrad Gessner, a sixteenth-century Swiss polymath who defined a brand new approach to processing facts: to chop up a sheet of handwritten notes into slips of paper, with one truth or subject in line with slip, and organize as wanted. within the overdue eighteenth century, the cardboard catalog grew to become the librarian's resolution to the specter of details overload. Then, on the flip of the 20th century, enterprise followed the expertise of the cardboard catalog as a bookkeeping instrument. Krajewski explores this conceptual improvement and casts the cardboard dossier as a "universal paper laptop" that accomplishes the elemental operations of Turing's common discrete laptop: storing, processing, and shifting information. In telling his tale, Krajewski takes the reader on a couple of illuminating detours, telling us, for instance, that the cardboard catalog and the numbered road handle emerged even as within the related urban (Vienna), and that Harvard University's home-grown cataloging approach grew out of a librarian's laziness; and that Melvil Dewey (originator of the Dewey Decimal process) helped lead to the expertise move of card documents to company.
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These are some remarks that might ﬁnd room in a further edition of the regulations for furnishing a new catalog, at least in part, so that I allow myself most obediently to send them to Your Grace. Now it is up to you to check and to use them. A similar regulation, which every copyist employed in the catalog project should always have at hand, should not merely instruct on how to write a catalog, or the single components of the same, but serve as a guideline that indicates that everyone should 40 Chapter 3 work in the same way.
The project consists of preparing a complete catalog of the court library including its entire printed The First Card Index? 40 In the Vienna court library, there had not been a complete catalog since Blotius’s time as head librarian. 44 The reference book is arranged alphabetically by author, and in 1772—shortly before Gerhard van Swieten’s death—it comes to a temporary conclusion with the seventeenth volume. In spite of several supplementary volumes, it remains uncertain whether the promise of a universal catalog was fulﬁlled; perhaps it ought to have been called a provisional catalog instead.
Here we need to look more closely at some of the prerevolutionary processes. Whereas in Germany, the subject parading of shelves remains the general procedure, Vienna around 1780 quietly and almost unconsciously begins to experiment with an independent practice that eventually will help establish the card index as the one and only library search engine. Copy Error: The Josephinian Card Index “Work has started on May 22, 1780,” reads an addendum to the Rules for the Copying of All Books in the Royal and Imperial Court Library39 by the prefect of the library, Gottfried van Swieten.