Google and the Myth of Universal Knowledge: A View from Europe

Author:   Jean-Noel Jeanneney ,  Teresa Lavender Fagan ,  Ian Wilson
Publisher:   The University of Chicago Press
ISBN:  

9780226395784


Pages:   108
Publication Date:   16 October 2007
Format:   Paperback
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The 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 toward a long-dreamed-of universal library, but skeptics quickly raised concerns about the potential for copyright infringement and unanticipated effects on the business of research and publishing. Jean-Noel Jeanneney, former president of France's Bibliotheque Nationale, here takes aim at what he sees as a far more troubling aspect of Google's Library Project: its potential to misrepresent - and even damage - the world's cultural heritage. Jeanneney argues here that Google's unsystematic digitization of books from a few partner libraries and its reliance on works written mostly in English constitute acts of selection that can only 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 Google's digital repository must be countered by long-term planning on the part of cultural and governmental institutions worldwide - a serious effort to create a truly comprehensive library, one based on the politics of inclusion and multiculturalism.

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Author:   Jean-Noel Jeanneney ,  Teresa Lavender Fagan ,  Ian Wilson
Publisher:   The University of Chicago Press
Imprint:   University of Chicago Press
Dimensions:   Width: 13.90cm , Height: 0.80cm , Length: 21.20cm
Weight:   0.152kg
ISBN:  

9780226395784


ISBN 10:   0226395782
Pages:   108
Publication Date:   16 October 2007
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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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 tomorrow's generations will click on, learn, and think. - Financial Times Provides a crucial dissenting opinion.... The Google war chest has all but secured dominance over smaller library efforts, like the author's own project to digitize the French national collection. History judges societies by how they treat their most disadvantaged members. This book asks only that the Google economy be held to the same standard. - David Ng, Forbes A take on world Googlization you're not likely to get from your broker.... [Jeanneney] brings his own high-wattage bulb to enlighten us. Be thankful we didn't ban French fries, French wine, and this very illuminating French book. - Carlin Romano, Philadelphia Inquirer


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Jean-Noel Jeanneney was president of France's Bibliotheque Nationale from 2002 to 2007. Teresa Lavender Fagan has translated more than a dozen books for the University of Chicago Press.

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