Bates Marcia J. "Off-Line Networks" The New Yorker, p.24, March 18, 2007
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AUTHOR : Marcia Bates
TITLE : OFF-LINE NETWORKS
SOURCE : The New Yorker, p. 24, March 18, 2007.
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Jeffrey Toobin reports that Google characterizes its impressive index-the-
libraries project as "the equivalent of a giant library card catalogue"
("Google's Moon Shot," February 5, 2007 -
http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2007/02/05/070205fa_fact_toobin ). But
library catalogues index only whole books and, occasionally, chapter
headings, never the full text. Google's project is more like a giant
combined back-of-the-book index, which constitutes vastly more detailed
indexing than a library catalogue does. Dan Clancy, Google's chief engineer
on the project, addresses the challenge of making books searchable by
saying, "Books are not part of a network" But books are already part of a
network -- the references to other books and articles that most nonfiction
books cite. The lSI Web of Knowledge citation indexes, to which most large
academic libraries subscribe, trace this network. Drawing from several
thousand journals, the indexes identify citation linkages between those
journal articles and all other materials cited in the journals, including,
of course, books.
Address : Marcia Bates, Professor Emerita, Information Studies U.C.LA.
Los Angeles, Calif
Department of Information Studies
Graduate School of Education and Information Studies
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1520 USA
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