You know the thing in Futurama where the bureaucrats fly desks around to access enormous walls of filing cabinets?
That’s a real thing!!! (!!!!!)
Behold The Central Social Institution of Prague. It’s apparently still in operation. https://www.vintag.es/2020/01/central-social-institution-prague.html
i guess they had someone look at the possibility of digitising all that and their head exploded.
@Nikolai_Kingsley That depends a lot on how you index and cross-reference the files.
Your access speed is obviously lower, but you can still draw impressive inferences, connections, and relationships. The number of systems for this are pretty fascinating, several are covered in the Whole Earth Catalogue's "Signal" edition, notably wire-queried edge-punched cards.
Then there's Zettlekasten.
Church of the SubGenius Members-Only MastoDobbs.