After an unplanned month off (our apologies, things have been more than a little busy around here), the Digital Campus podcast triumphantly returns to the airwaves with a discussion of the recent Google Book Search settlement. Also up for analysis are Microsoft's move to the cloud, the new Google phone, and, as always, recommendations from … Continue reading Digital Campus #33 – Classroom Action Settlement
Just announced is the settlement of the class action lawsuit that the Authors Guild, the Association of American Publishers and individual authors and publishers filed against Google for its Book Search program, which has been digitizing millions of books from libraries. (Hard to believe, but the lawsuit was first covered on this blog all the … Continue reading First Impressions of the Google Books Settlement
On our first podcast of the school year, Bryan Alexander, the Director of Research of NITLE, joins us. Bryan closely follows emerging trends in academic technology on his terrific blog, and he lets us know what he thinks the critical trends are for the coming year. Google’s new web browser, Chrome, is the main topic … Continue reading Digital Campus #31 – Back To School
On this week's podcast, we were lucky to have a live link to Liam Wyatt in Alexandria, Egypt. Liam is a co-host of Wikipedia Weekly and was attending Wikimania 2008. Tom, Mills, and I covered Wikipedia in the very first episode of Digital Campus, and if anything it has become an even hotter topic on … Continue reading Digital Campus #30 – Live From Egypt!
So Microsoft has left the business of digitizing millions of books—apparently because they saw it as no business at all. This leaves Microsoft's partner (and our partner on the Zotero project), the Internet Archive, somewhat in the lurch, although Microsoft has done the right thing and removed the contractual restrictions on the books they digitized … Continue reading Mass Digitization of Books: Exit Microsoft, What Next?
On the first podcast of our second year of the Digital Campus podcast, we discuss some of the legal constraints and threats that academic content providers and digital tool builders face—namely, an increasingly confusing and nightmarish patchwork of regulations from copyright to patents. We talk about the ways in which we have tried to pursue … Continue reading Digital Campus #24 – Running from the Law
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