Dinosaurs didn't read... now they are extinct! Coincidence?
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In order to see the future of documents, we have to look at the past...
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In Pre-history, the only documents left are fossils and rock art.
Starting in Ancient Egypt, ink on papyrus came after clay tablets baked in the sun to become documents. These were often transactions that had taken place. Not many survive to modern day but those that have are often in museums like Ashurbanipal's Library from Assyria in the British Library.
The second Big Bang?
From Monks to Shakespeare, writing increased and more documents were formed. Archives and Libraries became more prevalent and people became more educated.
Suzanne Briet theorised that an antelope in a zoo was a document. Oz Ablett states that buildings are documents and all this time Paul Otley, The Library of Congress and The British Library (amongst others) have been quietly trying to archive all the worlds documents, but struggled because...
More and more data, information and knowledge has been documented which is accumulating faster than it is possible to archive. Information overload!