Google, we have a problem

Vale a pena ler um artigo de Laura Miller, na Salon, sobre o Google Books e «how rampant errors threaten the scholarly mission of the vast digital library».
Os erros são assustadores:

«Nunberg, a linguist interested in how word usage changes over time, noticed “endemic” errors in Google Books, especially when it comes to publication dates. A search for books published before 1950 and containing the word “Internet” turned up the unlikely bounty of 527 results. Woody Allen is mentioned in 325 books ostensibly published before he was born.
Other errors include misattributed authors – Sigmund Freud is listed as a co-author of a book on the Mosaic Web browser and Henry James is credited with writing Madame Bovary. Even more puzzling are the many subject misclassifications: an edition of Moby Dick categorized under “Computers,” and Jane Eyre as “Antiques and Collectibles” (Madame Bovary got that label, too).»


One Response to “Google, we have a problem

  1. isabel ribeiro on Setembro 12th, 2010 22:45

    Google, we do have lots of problems, I’d say. Take care.

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