As I've said before, I encourage "Using Unicode" for data.  So I've gone to the Unicode conference (http://www.unicode.org) to give some presentations and learn some interesting stuff about characters and scripts and languages and other international stuff.

I talk about Unicode in several of my blog posts, some of the key ones are referenced in my Code Pages, Unicode & Encodings page:

http://blogs.msdn.com/shawnste/pages/code-pages-unicode-encodings.aspx