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Tuesday, September 08, 2009

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Phred

Yes, GIGO is the problem with machine-manipulated data with little or no human involvement. Nunberg's comments on the metadata problems with Google Books were excellent and thoroughly documented. He made some mistakes about the sources of some of the errosr, but the overall point that Google was not being responsible with its evaluation of metadata was good. To their credit, Orwant and other members of the the Google project seem to be taking concrete measures to change things. I think this is one of those rare situations in which criticism is taken seriously and improvements made.

Matt Ostercamp

Thanks for posting this Christine. I thought the Orwant comment was really helpful for answering some of my own questions about how they are building Google Books.

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