NAME: Hermann Beck
DATES: 1879 - about 1920
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WORKED AT: Internationales Institut für Sozial-Bibliographie, Internationales Institut für Techno-Bibliographie
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Hermann Beck was born on 25 August 1879 in Mülheim an der Ruhr. He studied mechanical engineering and social sciences in Dresden, Berlin, and Heidelberg. His publications show his close relationship to social democracy. After World War I, Beck was active in trying to organize the further development of his Deutsche Archiv der Weltliteratur using cards for abstracts.

In 1905 Beck established the Internationales Institut für Sozial-Bibliographie, the Institut für Techno-Bibliographie in 1908. The Institut für Sozial-Bibliographie published the Bibliographie der Sozialwissenschaften and the periodical Kritische Blätter für die gesamten Sozialwissenschaften. The Institut für Techno- Bibliographie was organized in the same way as the Institut für Sozial-Bibliographie. Both intended to combine a subject-oriented central library, a bibliographic card index, an information agency, a bureau of translation, a clipping service, and a bookseller with international coverage. Beck was also the editor of the periodicals Technik und Wirtschaft (Technology and Economy) (1.190837.1944, 11-9) and Dokumente des Fortschritts (Documents of Progress) (1.1907/0811.1918, 3), both of which carried some bibliographic items as well.

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Some of Beck's major works include:


Articles:

Beck, H. (1907). Die internationale Bibliographie und ihre Zukunft [The international bibliography and its future]. Kritische Blätter der gesamten Sozialwissenschaften, 3, 203212.
Beck, H. (1909). Zur Organisation der technischen Auskunft: Dem neugegründeten Internationalen Institut für Techno-Bibliographie auf den Weg [Organization of technical information: Preparing the way for the newly established International Institute for techno-bibliography]. Technik und Wirtschaft, 2, 110117.

Further information:
Hapke, T. (1999).
Wilhelm Ostwald, the "Brücke" (Bridge), and connections to other bibliographic activities at the beginning of the twentieth century. In M. E. Bowden, T. B. Hahn, & R. V. Williams (Eds.), Proceedings of the 1998 Conference on the History and Heritage of Science Information Systems (pp. 139-147). Medford, NJ: Information Today, Inc. for the American Society for Information Science and the Chemical Heritage Foundation.


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