On Google Scholar


Identity Crisis

Google pioneers digital libraries.
Google has also compiled a database, Google Scholar, that lets users search various universities and organizes the search results by relevance. Duke participates in Google Scholar, but it has also recently developed the Digital Production Center, a new enterprise with the goal of digitizing library collections and expanding digital content to the Duke community.

This is easily the tenth article I've read that blurs the line between Google Scholar and Google Print. I suppose it's understandable, but I reckon a Brand Manager at Google might want to get on this...


  • Are all books considered scholarly?

    By Blogger Brad, at 2:40 PM  

  • No, not all books are considered scholarly. Scholarly communication is evaluated for quality (often peer-reviewed), disseminated for public good, and preserved for future use. Most books, even non-scholarly books, do go through an editorial process. Web pages are neither peer-reviewed nor subject to editorial process.

    By Blogger David, at 7:41 PM  

  • >>>Web pages are neither peer-reviewed nor subject to editorial process.

    I wouldn't paint with such a wide stroke there... WikiPedia, Slashdot, Metafilter, and others are maintained by lots of people, so there is some natural peer review going on.

    Open Source is also just another term for peer review, so most pages and files associated with projects will undergo peer review.

    Google's own Pagerank method treats links to web sites as citations. The more people that link to a site on X topic, that site becomes an authority on X topic, and is ranked higher in search results.

    By Blogger Brad, at 7:32 AM  

  • By definition peer-review means the review is coming from the "community of the adequate," i. e., those who are qualified to perform peer review. Open Source, WikiPedia, etc. are open to anyone, and "anyone," by definition, does not restrict reviewing to peers. E. g., an article written by a nuclear engineer is not being "peer-reviewed" when a net-savvy 12 year old decides to modify one of the formulas. She would have the technical ability to do so, but that kind of "peer" modification should not be confused with scholarly peer-review. Ditto for the popularity rankings, which are content agnostic.

    By Blogger David, at 3:06 PM  

  • Comparing/contrasting peer review of books or articles and open source...

    Anyone can read books, articles, or source code, but not just anyone has the skills to test and validate author's claims.

    Is testing, verification, and validation considered to be the essence of "scholarly peer review"?

    Enlighten me.

    By Blogger Brad, at 11:14 AM  

  • I don't understand the question. The previous post was fairly explanatory. The essence of scholarly peer-review is that it is done by recognized scholars (human beings who have demonstrated their adequacy to the task). Scholars in the disciplines recognize their own peers. Or is that not what you were asking?

    By Blogger David, at 1:25 AM  

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