Web of Trails


The real heart of the matter of selection, however, goes deeper than a lag in the adoption of mechanisms by libraries, or a lack of development of devices for their use. Our ineptitude in getting at the record is largely caused by the artificiality of systems of indexing. When data of any sort are placed in storage, they are filed alphabetically or numerically, and information is found (when it is) by tracing it down from subclass to subclass. It can be in only one place, unless duplicates are used; one has to have rules as to which path will locate it, and the rules are cumbersome. Having found one item, moreover, one has to emerge from the system and re-enter on a new path.
The human mind does not work that way. It operates by association. With one item in its grasp, it snaps instantly to the next that is suggested by the association of thoughts, in accordance with some intricate web of trails carried by the cells of the brain. It has other characteristics, of course; trails that are not frequently followed are prone to fade, items are not fully permanent, memory is transitory. Yet the speed of action, the intricacy of trails, the detail of mental pictures, is awe-inspiring beyond all else in nature.

Vannevar Bush, ‘As we may think’, 1945



Strategische centralisatie en decentralisatie.
Duur van het project : 4 jaar

Web Of Trails is geen evenement. Het gaat om een technische infrastructuur en een relationele houding die de verschillende acties van Constant en haar partners ondersteunt en gestalte geeft...

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Centralisation stratégique et décentralisation.
Durée du projet : 4 ans

Il se constitue d’une plateforme de diffusion dans laquelle différents partenaires sont invités à se former, à constituer leur propre dynamique de diffusion autonome et à choisir de donner du contenu et de redistribuer du contenu d’autres partenaires...

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Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie van het Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest

Ministerie van de Vlaamse Gemeenschap