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Free Content Facilitas inveniendi: the alphabetical index as a knowledge management tool

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Helmut Zedelmaier explores the early encyclopaedia as knowledge management tool, and the part played in its development by the index, discusses the role of the printing press in the development of the index, asks why the index declined in the 18th century, and identifies topics for consideration when some future history of the book index comes to be written. This article was translated by Andrew Horne.

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Publication date: 01 October 2007

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  • The Indexer is published by the Society of Indexers on behalf of all the indexing societies, seeks to cover the full range of subjects, from articles at the cutting edge of new techniques to contributions discussing in a practical way the new tools available to indexers at all points in the technical spectrum or exploring the history of indexing. Its extensive reviews section covers both printed and electronic material, including websites and hardware and software of interest to the indexer, while 'Indexes Reviewed' highlights some of the best (and worst) examples of indexing in action. And, in 'Around the World', it keeps readers up to date with what is going on across the international indexing community. First published in 1958 on a twice-yearly basis, it moved in 2008 to a quarterly publication.
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