What is cuneiform?

cuneiform meaning in Information Science terminology / glossary / dictionary is:

From the Latin cuneus (“wedge”) and forma (“shape” or “form”), referring to the pictographic characters used in ancient Akkadian, Assyrian, Babylonian, Persian, and Sumerian inscriptions from about 4,000 to 100 B.C., each of which consisted of an arrangement of wedge-shaped marks incised in a wet clay tablet using a sharp, pointed implement called a stylus. To see examples, try a keywords search on the term in Google Images. If a text was long enough to be continued on more than one tablet, each tablet was numbered and incised with a catchword at its foot to link it to the next. The last tablet usually ended with a colophon. Click here to learn more about cuneiform, courtesy of the University of Minnesota Libraries. Duncan J. Melville provides a Web page on Cuneiform Numbers. The Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI) is a joint project of the University of California at Los Angeles and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science.


reference: ABC-CLIO