02 September 2009

Google Books gets critiqued in the Chronicle

Getting information from the Internet is sometimes likened to drinking from a firehouse. The new online library at Google Books, however, seems to have a problem that reaches beyond volume. Berkeley's Geoffrey Nunberg writes in the Chronicle of Higher Education about problems with misclassification of documents and inaccurate listings of publication years that make searches highly misleading. Of course, at the heart of the matter is a metadata issue. But it will be interesting to see how quickly Google picks up these errors.

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