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Article - Academics bemoan Google's lack of transparency

   
3:02 am on Dec 2, 2010 (gmt 0)

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"Google's monopolization of online academic search and lack of transparency is leading to less information diversity, say European scientists who warn that the production of scientific knowledge is "way too important to leave to companies and intelligent machines"..."

Interesting article on the increasing lack of information diversity

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3:15 am on Dec 2, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Anyone doing research and depending on Google is just off the mark, in my view. So this article is appropriate. But it's also part of what I see as a current European bias against Google and even against the US and capitalism altogether.

I thought this section about Google Scholar was a bit suspect:

Google Scholar's algorithm works on the basis of quantitative citation analysis. Scholars differ in that they rank citations according to their relative status and weight in their specific professional disciplines.

I'm pretty sure Google doesn't just quantify the number of citations in Google Scholar - they also weight citations just as they do in other types of search.
10:22 am on Dec 2, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I see as a current European bias against Google and even against the US and capitalism altogether.

That's because Europe is socialism driven, they say a lot, do little if anything. They did the same with other companies against the so called "monopoly". Funny, actual victims never get anything from this cartel.

As of the Google Scholar in my view is pretty useless, because in many searches comes up with the main results and you cannot access the content most of the time. They should have a specific section like they do with shopping, images etc. if someone wants to pay he can go and buy it. To me is indifferent than spam as it is.
 

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