This timeline presents significant events and developments in the innovation and management of information and documents from cave paintings (ca 30,000 BC) to the present. To keep recent electronic developments from dominating the listing, only the most significant digital innovations are included.
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|Book Forms and Bookmaking||Calendars||Copyrights and Legal||Infographics and Statististics|
|Libraries||Maps||Math and Symbology||Mechanization|
|Networks||New Formats or Document Forms||Organizing Information||Pre-writing|
|Paper and Papermaking||Printing||Science and Technology||Scripts and Alphabets|
|Standardization and Typography||Theory||Timelines||Writing|
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