The Humble Index

Dorothea Salo writes: “Go find a book with an index and flip through it. Seriously, go ahead. I’ll wait. Just bask in the lovely indentedness and order of it all. Now answer me a question: Should Google be calling that huge mass of crawled web data it computes upon an index? Arguably, it shouldn’t, though this is absolutely a lost battle. What Google has is more along the lines of a concordance of the web. An index has three things that Google doesn’t: human intervention, terminological insularity, and intentional grouping.”…

The Book of Trogool, Aug. 25

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About repplinger

John has served as a Reference Librarian at Willamette University since 2002. He is the liaison to the Science Departments, and is responsible for maintaining the collections related to the life & physical sciences. His research interests range over the entire spectrum of libraries and information sciences, but includes: - Google and its influence on information & society - The Internet's influence on information seeking & sharing behaviors - Trends of scholarly communication - Electronic learning environments - Traditional pedagogy - GIS use in academic libraries

Posted on September 3, 2009, in Google, Libraries, Microsoft and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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