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Friday, August 28, 2009

Google Book Settlement

One of my favorite and long-time read blogs, the Language Log, has a good piece by Mark Liberman on the Google Book Settlement. There is an ongoing conference at Berkeley that he is covering about how the settlement will effect the future of information access. Have followed this for a long time and will track the Language Log blog for more details. Access to knowledge is one benefit of the reader, but another is to allow better machine access:

" .. To get the best results, you want to combine machine learning with human judgment. To what extent will the terms of the settlement allow this? Individuals and small organizations should be encouraged to cultivate the parts of the academic universe that they know best — Google books will be a big part of the resources for this, but it should be easy to combine it with other things. Does the proposed settlement inhibit this? .... "

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