This presentation was first created for an opening keynote at Documation 1999 and it has evolved to reflect ongoing evolution ever since. The Brief History of Content explores how we came to look at content as a discrete entity and as something we needed to think about, manage, and perfect separately from how we conduct our routine information exchanges. Information carries content and when we are put upon to deliver content in many ways simultaneously we have no choice but to treat content separately and in a way that is more open, adaptable, portable and processable than what any single information transaction, in being concretely rooted in a specific transactional context, will ever need to be. The Brief History of Content chronicles the emergence of content technologies that now make it possible to manage and evolve content as strategic enterprise assets.
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