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The Humanities Go Google (CHE)

image: Stanford Literature Lab

by Marc Parry, Chronicle of Higher Education, May 28, 2010.

This is a substantial feature article with many points of view, for example:

“It’s like the invention of the telescope,” Franco Moretti, a Stanford professor of English and comparative literature, says of Google Books. “All of a sudden, an enormous amount of matter becomes visible.”

“There are still a tremendous number of historians, for example, that are really doing very traditional history and will be,” says Clifford A. Lynch, director of the Coalition for Networked information. “What you may very well see is that [text-mining] becomes a more commonly accepted tool but not necessarily the center of the work of many people.”

Here is another interesting site linked from one of the comments.


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