Thursday, September 10, 2009

Google Books metadata problems

Courtesy of Freakonomics, an article by Geoffrey Nunberg about the problems with metadata in Google's Book Search.

There's some pretty hard-core technicalities about the problems of digital cataloguing that went over my head but the article and subsequent comments provide an insight into the scale and significance of Google's Book Search project (regardless of what happens with the Google Books Settlement for books in copyright).

The Language Log blog on which Nunberg's article appears is well worth a look - including a post from the Google Books Settlement conference at Berkeley last month.

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