Sep. 1st, 2009

After reading Google Books: A Metadata Train Wreck on Language Log, I suddenly realized that I've already put in my time listening to complaints about the quality of Google Books metadata.  Only, I put in my time before it actually happened.

I've got (I think) a pretty good case that I know how a bunch of those errors crept in, and a much weaker circumstantial case that beginning to negotiate with Google about scanning the library's books caused the circumstances that inevitably produced those errors.  Let me see if I can make those cases. )

So if Google Books metadata is a train wreck, well, the UofM set the switches, and set the train's speed, but Google incentivized running on time, not safety.  And now it has to clean up the mess, pretty much by itself. 

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