The person
The person

 

 

Publishing a web page today is like adding a new volume to the “Library of Babel” *. No matter how much time was spent in its preparation and in the underlining work, it will be buried under a billion of pages of gibberish and disinformation. As search engines become big business in the pay of even bigger business, the web page publisher must now, not only create and publish, but create his own pathways to his publications. I have completed a page, the pathways are another problem.

 

The place
The place

Contents

This page contains most of my work on Information Systems. All the papers which I have published in refereed journals have been uploaded.

 

 

Try the Duck

If you are worried about big brother Google building up a large file on the sites you have been visiting, try using DuckDuckGo. It is a new search engine that allows you to search with greater privacy.

 

 

*The Library of Babel

The Reading Room at the British Museum Library as it was when I worked there
The Reading Room at the British Museum Library as it was when I worked there

The library of Babel is a short story by Luis Borges. I first read it when I was working as a bibliographer in the British Museum library. At that time the British Museum was the largest repository of English language books in the world. The books have now gone (apart from a few left for show) and the readers have left, and the Reading Room has been tarted up to look like a gin palace. Now the reading room is a place for semi-literate tourists to pose for photographs in the library that is not there.

 

While the British Museum Reading Room is a library that is not there, the Library of Babel was a library that was almost everywhere. The Library of Babel contained every book that could be written using Roman symbols. As a result it was of almost infinite size.

 

The books in the Library of Babel contain every possible ordering of the Roman characters plus spaces and punctuation marks. Though most of the books are pure gibberish, the library also must contain, somewhere, every coherent book ever written, or that might ever be written.  The library must contain all useful information, including predictions of the future, biographies of any person, and translations of every book in to every language that can be expressed in Roman symbols.

 

The inhabitants of Borges' library were like the internet surfer today, the library seemed to go on forever and although almost all of it was nonsense they felt that if they looked long enough they would find everything they wanted to know.

The Reading Room today. Tourists amble round the Library that it is not there, wondering  why they came and what to do.
The Reading Room today. Tourists amble round the Library that it is not there, wondering why they came and what to do.

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