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Google's latest move on its European charm offensive has landed it at a doorstep somewhere in Mons, Belgium. The company has announced it will help continue the Mundaneum card catalogue. The unfortunately-titled project began in 1895, compiling links to books, articles and pictures from archives around the world. Earnest knowledge-seekers back in the day could even pose questions either through post or telegram. There were over 16 million index cards at one point, but the subsequent wars in Europe meant that some materials were lost. The project now lives on in a new museum, where Google will help support the project, sponsoring a traveling Mundaneum exhibit and "a possibility" of getting the project digitized in the future. Well, you know Google. It just can't help helping.

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