v.22 #3 A Scholar Contemplates the Google Book Settlement

by James O’Donnell (Professor of Classics & Provost, Georgetown University, Washington DC 20067)

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There are three questions we must ask about a project for mass digitization:

First, should the work be done?

Second, should the results be made widely available?

Third, can the results be easily used?

I propose to answer these questions in order. The first I will answer gratefully, the second cheerfully, and the third grumpily. At a moment when everyone has an opinion about the Google Book Settlement, I may not seem grumpy enough to many, but my gratitude and my cheerfulness are real.

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