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Google to scan famous libraries

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posted on Dec, 14 2004 @ 05:05 AM

The libraries of five of the world's most important academic institutions are to be digitised by Google.

Scanned pages from books in the public domain will then be made available for search and reading online.

The full libraries of Michigan and Stanford universities as well smaller collections at Harvard, Oxford and the New York Public Library are included.

Online pages from scanned books will not have adverts but will have links to online store Amazon, Google said.

BBC news

Soon there won't be any reason anymore to get away from your computer and check what is going on in the real library

Seriously -this is great news
I'm curious -will we have to pay for an access???

[edit on 14-12-2004 by jazzgul]

posted on Dec, 17 2004 @ 03:57 PM
They should try to scan the British Library. That I'd find impressive. Any questions on Google's motives here? I've heard talk of underhand dealings with google recently, of how in certain circumstances people have been able to 'purchase' the order that results for specific search terms come up in. Anyone got any further info on this?

posted on Dec, 17 2004 @ 04:47 PM
I wouldn't mind a small fee for getting the info from all the world known libraries.

What I would mind is the growing laziness.


posted on Dec, 17 2004 @ 04:50 PM
from the inside of the minds behind Google:


Joseph O'Sullivan, Software engineer and Adam M. Smith, Business product manager of the Google Print team wrote this in the Google blog:

"Some of us admit to a misspent youth lurking in libraries, devouring books on anything from "the survival of the fittest" or the explorations of Lewis and Clark to the essence of philosophy or Victorian detective yarns. This immersion has made us certain of one thing: there are a million and one books are out there waiting to be found (tens of millions, by some counts) - but library collections just aren't that easy to search.

Which is why we are thrilled to begin scanning book collections belonging to the University of Michigan, Harvard. Stanford, Oxford, and the New York Public Library, so that they become more searchable.

We launched the first part of Google Print in October to make the world of books more discoverable. The thing is, most books in the world are out of print. By working with libraries as well as publishers, we'll have access to millions of books, including many unique volumes that haven't been read in years. Soon a new generation will be able to discover them too.

posted on Dec, 17 2004 @ 05:21 PM
I like the idea myself, especially the part about books that are out of print.

Googlle is not dumb that is for sure. Very smart move on their part if you ask me. I just hope it will be free when it comes to books that are out of print. Those in print most of us can get from a local library.

posted on Dec, 17 2004 @ 05:26 PM
Most excellent....great compliment to their addition. Furthermore, reminds me of the Project Gutenberg


posted on Dec, 18 2004 @ 12:36 PM
Mr. Randall C. Jimerson's view about Google scanning libraries:

from NY Times

When Randall C. Jimerson, the president of the Society of American Archivists, heard of Google's plan to convert certain holdings at Oxford University and at some of the leading research libraries in the United States into digital files, freely searchable over the Web, he asked, "What are they thinking?"

Mr. Jimerson had worries. Who would select the material? How would it be organized and identified to avoid mountains of decontextualized excerpts? Would Google users eventually forgo the experience of holding a book, actually seeing a historical document, the serendipity of slow research?

But in recent interviews, many scholars and librarians applauded the announcement by Google, the operator of the world's most popular Internet search service, to digitize some of the collections at Oxford, the University of Michigan, Stanford and the New York Public Library.

The plan, in the words of Paul Duguid, information specialist at the University of California at Berkeley, will "blast wide" open the walls around the libraries of world-class institutions.

-what do you think??

posted on Dec, 18 2004 @ 09:36 PM

Originally posted by jazzgul
Mr. Jimerson had worries. Who would select the material? How would it be organized and identified to avoid mountains of decontextualized excerpts? Would Google users eventually forgo the experience of holding a book, actually seeing a historical document, the serendipity of slow research?

Who cares what some stuffy old archivist thinks? Sounds like he's more concerned about the trappings and the medium of research than the results. When the written word started to become civilized and widespread, there were probably story-tellers who scoffed and wailed, "Would book readers eventually forgo the experience of hearing a story, actually meeting the storyteller, the joy of listening to a well told account?"

Times change, and stuffy old farts sitting around in dusty libraries, wearing mouldy tweed jackets, sipping warm brandy and telling each other how intellectual they are can't stop that.

The information age calls for more efficent access to knowledge. Perhaps this move by Google will create the impetus for standardized ways of verifying material that is published on the Internet.

posted on Dec, 19 2004 @ 11:44 AM
Has anyone played the adventure game "Moment of Silence" ?
Im about halfway through and it is set in a future were all printed information is illegal. Handwriting is also forbidden.

SO everything is available through computers then? Yes, everything *BUT* the information that those in power doesnt want the general public to have access to.

I know its only a game. But still worth mentioning.
Everything seems to happen in baby steps.

posted on Dec, 19 2004 @ 12:00 PM
I've been thinking about possibility of misusing the power of selection. Many of books, which are being scanned might present only desirable part of truth, and because this knowledge is available on internet, nobody will seek information beyond that -I don't think it will happen, but the possibility exist. Lets say any literature concerning secret societies or history of our planet. This thoughts are scary...

posted on Dec, 19 2004 @ 12:02 PM
yeah Ive read it in the newspaper yesterday..but they havent publish a link... is this scholar google?

posted on Dec, 19 2004 @ 12:05 PM
I believe they just started the whole operation. It will take some time before we get access.

posted on Dec, 19 2004 @ 12:09 PM
ahh okay! that is a huge project..scan the whole universitys librarys..
do you know how they manage this?

posted on Dec, 19 2004 @ 12:23 PM

do you know how they manage this?

nope, but here you can see how much work it can be:

Scanning the library books figures to be a daunting task, even for a cutting edge company such as Google, whose on-line index of 8 billion Web pages already has revolutionized the way people look for information.

Michigan's library alone contains 7 million of its library volumes about 132 miles of books. Google hopes to get the job done at Michigan within six years, Wilkin said.

Harvard's library is even larger with 15 million volumes. Virtually all of that material will be off limits unless Google shows it can scan the material without losing or damaging anything, said Harvard professor Sidney Verba, who also is director of the university's library.

The librarians at Harvard are very punctilious about protecting their great treasures, Mr. Verba said.

The project also poses other prickly issues, such as how to convert material written in foreign languages, and the issue of protecting copyrighted books.

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