The American Historical Association's Rob Townsend takes some sharp jabs at Google's ambitious library scanning project. Some of the comments are equally sharp.
Look at the bottom of this page for Illustrated New York: The Metropolis of To-day (1888), digitized by Google at the University of Michigan Library. Using the natural language processing of Google Maps to scan the text for addresses, the locations and surrounding text are placed onto a map of lower Manhattan. A great example … Continue reading Google Book Search Now Maps Locations in the Text
The Google Library Project has, for the most part, focused on American libraries, thus pushing the EU to mount a competing project; will this announcement (which includes the National Library of Barcelona), coming on the heels of an agreement with the Complutense University of Madrid, signal the beginning of Google making inroads in Europe?
I gave a talk a couple of days ago at the annual meeting of the Society for American Archivists (to a great audience—many thanks to those who were there and asked such terrific questions) in which I showed how researchers in the future will be able to intelligently search, data mine, and map digital collections. … Continue reading Mapping What Americans Did on September 11
No, it's not another amazing new piece of software from Google, which will type for you (though that would be nice). Just something that I've noticed while looking at many nineteenth-century books in Google's massive digitization project. The following screenshot nicely reminds us that at the root of the word "digitization" is "digit," which is … Continue reading Google Fingers
For those interested in the Google book digitization project (one of my three copyright-related stories to watch for 2006), Google launched an official blog yesterday. Right now "Inside Google Book Search" seems more like "Outside Google Book Search," with a first post celebrating the joys of books and discovery, and with a set of links … Continue reading Google Book Search Blog
I recently polled my graduate students to see where they turn to begin research for a paper. I suppose this shouldn't come as a surprise: the number one answer—by far—was Google. Some might say they're lazy or misdirected, but the allure of that single box—and how well it works for most tasks—is incredibly strong. Try … Continue reading The Single Box Humanities Search