by James O’Donnell (Professor of Classics & Provost, Georgetown University, Washington DC 20067)
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.
Restricted to subscribers only. Please log in with username and password.