Google Books' Biggest Screw-Up Danger??

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Mon Sep 10 22:24:22 UTC 2007

Wouldn't corrections of mis- or non-dating only require changes to
metadata, not rescanning?


At 9/10/2007 05:46 PM, Jon L. wrote:
>As I try to invent new English swear-words, I wonder what the
>chances are that Google will go back and re-scan every one of those
>misdated or undated periodicals....
>   JL
>Benjamin Zimmer <bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU> wrote:
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>On 9/10/07, David A. Daniel wrote:
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> > I have a brother-in-law (who is nonetheless a very good guy) who is pretty
> > well placed at Google in Mountain View. Though I have not used the book
> > search utility much myself, I have told him about ADS being in general
> > uproar and dismay over its failings and discussed possible courses of
> > action. He thinks he can perhaps start things rolling to get it
> > fixed/improved. If y'all would be interested in my following up on this I
> > will be happy to do so. What I need to do is put together a case, or
> > argument, that is very specific and convincing with examples and
> suggestions
> > and so forth from all you folks about exactly what is wrong with
> it and what
> > needs fixing/how to fix it. I will send this to my B-I-L and he will see
> > that it gets to the right people in Google. Idea would then be to start a
> > continuing dialog with them as they go forward with the Books project.
>This piece by historian Robert Townsend sums up the objections succinctly:
>--Ben Zimmer
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