[re-search] Utrecht University library surrenders to Google
reips at deusto.es
Thu May 30 22:34:56 CEST 2013
Hi Renë, all:
for a long time I couldn't stand outdated library
technologies and cataloguing projects (and the
nerves and money wasted on them) in light of the
simple and efficient Google approach.
However, nowadays with near monopolistic and
increasingly regulated and commercialized
optimization of Google search algorithms we
should imho take care to keep and develop
excellent independent solutions.
At 16:16 Uhr +0200 30.5.2013, René König wrote:
>This is not exactly brand new but I´d be very interested in your opinion.
>The Utrecht University library kind of
>surrenders to Google et al. by not investing in
>their own search tools since their visitors
>anyway use other services like Google Scholar or
>Scopus (http://bit.ly/114mXPJ). While a
>colleague applauds them
>"for acting based on their findings, not on
>wishes or institutional politics", I find this
>form of surrendering to Google rather sad and
>alarming. But ok, I can´t claim that I don´t use
>these services myself. Anyway, this example once
>more raises the question how we should deal with
>the supremacy of Google et al. Obviously,
>forcing people to use library search tool cannot
>be the answer but what can we do?
>What´s your opinion?
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Prof. Dr. Ulf-Dietrich Reips
Ikerbasque Research Professor
Director, iScience group
Facultades de Ingenería y de Psicología y Educación
Universidad de Deusto
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48007 Bilbao, España
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