[My live talk at the Shape of Things to Come conference at the University of Virginia, March 27, 2010. It is a riff on a paper that will come out in the proceedings of the conference.] As I noted in my paper for this conference, what I find interesting about this panel is that we … Continue reading Eliminating the Power Cord
Longtime readers of this blog may remember that one of my first posts examined the potential role for APIs (application programming interfaces) in the humanities. It's also been a long-running theme in this space that APIs can play a critical role in digital research and tool-building. So I'm very much looking forward to this weekend's … Continue reading Workshop on APIs for the Digital Humanities
For years on this blog, at conferences, and even in direct conversations with Google employees I have been agitating for an API (application programming interface) for Google Book Search. (For a summary of my thoughts on the matter, see my imaginatively titled post, "Why Google Books Should Have an API.") With the world's largest collection … Continue reading Still Waiting for a Real Google Book Search API
[This post is a version of a message I sent to the listserv for CenterNet, the consortium of digital humanities centers. Google has expressed interest in helping CenterNet by providing a (limited) corpus of full texts from their Google Books program, but I have been arguing for an API instead. My sense is that this … Continue reading Why Google Books Should Have an API
In my prior post on this topic, I mentioned the (paid) positions now available at the Center for History and New Media to work on and promote Zotero. (By the way, there's still time to contact us if you're interested; we just started reviewing applications, but hurry.) But Zotero is moving ahead on so many … Continue reading Zotero Needs Your Help, Part II
Google has been very conservative about changing their search results page. Indeed, the design of the page and the information presented has changed little since the search engine's public introduction in 1998. Innovations have literally been marginal: Google has added helpful spelling corrections ("Did you mean...?"), related search terms, and news items near the top … Continue reading Google Adds Topic Clusters to Search Results
What would you do with a million digital books? That's the intriguing question this month's D-Lib Magazine asked its contributors, as an exercise in understanding what might happen when massive digitization projects from Google, the Open Content Alliance, and others reach their fruition. I was lucky enough to be asked to write one of the … Continue reading What Would You Do With a Million Books?