Google Books: The ‘Last Library’ And Metadata
Is Google committing several errors when digitally scanning books? An expert's view.
In an interview, noted linguist and UC-Berkeley professor Geoffrey Nunberg shared his views on what is wrong with Google Books. Nunberg has noted an extraordinarily large number of errors in Google-scanned Books, largely pertaining to publication dates, misattributed authors, low quality scanning and the way Google handles metadata – vital information connected to text like how a card catalog works – of the books in its collection.
He mentions that Google Books, the “last library”, neglected the fact that simply searching for a word could cause problems. He gives an example: