Friday, February 2, 2007

PL 9/07: Weibel on Google

Filed under: library 2.0, Uncategorized — plinius @ 9:58 pm

Stuart Weibel has a most interesting blog post on Google’s book digitalization project:

  • Digitization of the card catalog resulted in a 50 % increase in book usage
  • Google indexing is the #1 driver of article usage in High Wire [High Wire Press at Stanford University] – by a large margin (10 to 1 beyond the next highest, if I understood him [Keller] correctly)
  • Metadata searching (what Keller describes as subtle searching), in combination with novel methods of taxonomic search and citation cross-linking, dramatically improves discovery and navigation within large result sets.

Source: Stuart Weibel. Cows and the Colossus


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