TITLE

Past, present and future

AUTHOR(S)
Beare, Geraldine
PUB. DATE
October 2007
SOURCE
Indexer;Oct2007, Vol. 25 Issue 4, p257
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article presents an overview on the history of indexing. It discusses the possibility that the first index appeared in an Egyptian hieroglyphic text known as the "Amduat," or the "Book of the hidden space." Other early bibliographies, catalogues, and indexes produced by the Hittites, the Babylonians, and the Assyrians are also presented. The influence of alphabetic languages and the earliest use of alphabetization as a mode of organization is included. The development of indexes during the Medieval era and changes brought about by the invention of movable type are discussed. The author presents information on outsourcing indexing tasks to companies in India and reflects on whether future documents will necessitate indexing as it is known in 2007.
ACCESSION #
27679059

 

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