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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