Posting to Autocat
On Tue, 14 Dec 2010 07:19:39 -0600, Brian Briscoe wrote:
>Who is going to provide that mashup information? What I envision is a situation where users will mashup their own information. If they view us as a valuable source, we will be linked in their mashup. Please correct me if I am wrong, but I don’t see Google as doing the mashing.
Google books is doing it right now. Look at any record and click on “About this book”: http://books.google.com/books?id=u0ZMP4lXV9sC&dq=che+guevara, you can see all kinds of metadata mashed up by Google Books. There is the basic description, reviews, places to buy the book, related books, selected pages, lots of other stuff, (in fact, there used to always be embedded Google Maps as well) and at the very bottom, the least important part of the page, is our record, mashed up with other metadata. At least there are no abbreviations! I wonder how they managed that incredible feat!
But people will be able to make their own mashups as well.
>I am certain that Google wants to be the only game in town. But human behavior says that will not happen. Google will not have a total monopoly on information. They will only have those bits that they have contracted for or are in the public domain. Not even OCLC has bibliographic data for all material.
>Users will need to go to other sources and will seek out those sources as well. I agree with you that we need to play well with the digital world so that we can be one of those sources. But I don’t believe it will be an All Google Books world.
You are absolutely correct, and I think this will be one of the main goals of librarianship once Google Books comes online: to try to show people what is *really* available to them. It’s hard enough to do it with many of the younger students now. This is what a lot of Robert Darnton has been saying (his latest foray is in the NY Review, where he brings up his idea of a “Digital Public Library of America” at: http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2010/dec/23/library-three-jeremiads/)
I still maintain however, that if people start at Google Books (as many start with Google now), where there is, and will be, so much there and it will be highly valuable (it will be hard to say otherwise since most of it comes from libraries!), how will we pry them away? That will be a major task for librarianship.