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Google and the Myth of Universal Knowledge: A View from Europe
Google and the Myth of Universal Knowledge: A View from Europe Jean-Nol Jeanneney, Ian Wilson 0226395782 9780226395784 The recent announcement that Google would digitize the holdings of several major libraries sent shock waves through the book indust
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Google and the Myth of Universal Knowledge: A View from Europe by Jean-Nol Jeanneney, Ian Wilson

The recent announcement that Google would digitize the holdings of several major libraries sent shock waves through the book industry and academe. Google presented this digital repository as a first step towards a long-dreamed-of universal library, but skeptics were quick to raise a number of concerns about the potential for copyright infringement and unanticipated effects on the business of research and publishing. Jean-Nol Jeanneney, president of Frances Bibliothque Nationale, here takes aim at what he sees as a far more troubling aspect of Googles Library Project: its potential to misrepresentand even damagethe worlds cultural heritage. In this impassioned work, Jeanneney argues that Googles unsystematic digitization of books from a few partner libraries and its reliance on works written mostly in Englishnbsp;constitute acts of selection that can onlynbsp;extend the dominance of American culture abroad. As a leading librarian, Jeanneney remains enthusiastic about the archival potential of the Web. But he argues that the short-term thinking characterized by Googles digital repository must be countered by long-term planning on the part of cultural and governmental institutions worldwidea serious effort to create a truly comprehensive library, one based on the politics of inclusion and multiculturalism. The president of the French national library has made himself the frontman in what he sees as a struggle to save cultural diversity. In the postmodern world, the battleground is the Internet. Here, search engines determine what tomorrows generations will click on, learn and think.Financial Times

Author: Jean-Nol Jeanneney, Ian Wilson

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 108

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Publication Date: 2007-10-15

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