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Wednesday, September 09, 2009


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Google book’s records come from data providers (mostly from libraries which catalogue books using MARC). Sometimes Google takes information which has mistakes. They are creating a collection by means of agreements with publishers and libraries.
In my opinion, Google book’s cataloguing method is great because it uses foreign metadata to catalogue the bibliographical sources from its collection. However, this method requires to be controlled by professionals so as to avoid the errors that the system can’t detect. Human review is necessary.
Furthermore, metadata capture should be an iterative process because, as I have said before, the process needs to be controlled.
To solve the problem of which sources to choose, I think that Google could study them and elaborate a ranking of the most reliable ones.
In conclusion, Google Book Search needs to improve its method of cataloguing.

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