Preface and Acknowledgments

In the digital age with mobile technology, ubiquitous computing, digital humanities, and trustworthy repositories entering our discourse on archives and preservation, few are aware that archives are among the legacies of Sumerian civilization (born over five millennia ago), which left behind such literary masterworks as The Epic of Gilgamesh, and institutional records of administrative and cultural significance (see Robson, 2003). Perhaps it takes someone interested in Sumerian culture and cuneiform writing to share such an obscure factoid! While this book is not about the history of archives, it suffices to say that social, intellectual, political, and cultural forces that have shaped the world since the Sumerian civilization ...

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