Traditions of Textual Transmission and the Quest for Authenticity

Lars Fredriksson - State Museum of World Culture / Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities & Art

Intended Audience: Manager, Software Engineer, Systems Analyst, Marketer
Session Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

The speaker will discuss major undertakings in history for preservation of huge bodies of data, concentrating but not limiting himself to Asia.

Dealing with development of script and printing, special attention will be given to historical attempts to control scripts and processes of reproduction as a means of accuracy. Writing utensils, as well as other materials for transmission of text and the implications thereof will be treated in the perspective of current media.

To further illustrate the above, examples of large undertakings to test and promote authenticity of scripts and faithful reproductions of texts as well as a description of some consequences of reforms in writing and printing will also be addressed.

The goal of the speaker is to put Unicode in a historical perspective and to point out some of its virtues and possible pitfalls while staking the path to future representation of scripts and writing.

Several samples of script and printing will be shown to accompany the speech.

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