Salon.com (which just unveiled a *killer* redesign, partly inspired by Coco Chanel) posted an article about how human societies evolved to collect, organize, and utilize their data. The author emphasizes the historical importance of documenting not just what human societies were doing in any given era, but what their “habits of information management” were. The article punctuates both the centrality of knowledge organization to societal development and the idea that the systems and habits we employ to document ourselves matter almost as much as the culture.

http://www.salon.com/2012/04/25/information_hoarders_salpart/

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