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Laura Miller

The trou­ble with Google Books

How ram­pant errors threa­ten the scho­larly mis­sion of the vast digi­tal library.

Depending on who you ask, Google Books -- the pionee­ring tech company’s ambi­tious plan to «digi­tally scan every book in the world» and make them searchable over the Web and in libra­ries -- is eit­her a mar­ve­lous, uto­pian scheme or an unpre­ce­den­ted copy­right power-grab. The people who can claim to fully under­stand the Google Books Search Settlement -- the reso­lu­tion of a class-action suit filed against the com­pany by the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers -- may be as few as those who com­pre­hend the theory of spe­cial relativity.

But ever­yone seems to agree that Google Book Search rep­res­ents a revo­lu­tio­nary boon to scho­lars, espe­cially people embar­ked on spe­cia­li­zed rese­arch but wit­hout ready access to a uni­ver­sity library. But is it? As UC-Berkeley pro­fes­sor Geoffrey Nunberg poin­ted out in an arti­cle for the Chronicle of Higher Education last year (expan­ded from a post on the blog Language Log), a rese­arch library is only as use­ful as the tools requi­red to extract its riches. And there are some serious pro­blems with the biblio­gra­phic infor­ma­tion atta­ched to many of the digi­tal texts in Google Books. …

Quelle: http://www.salon.com/books/laura_miller/2010/09/09/google_books/index.html

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