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