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A Copyright Expert Who Spoke Up for Academic Authors Offers Insights on the Ruling

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 24 March 2011 by Steve

“Pamela Samuelson played a lead role in voicing academic authors’ concerns over the Google Books settlement. That advocacy made an impact: Judge Denny Chin cited her writing in his ruling rejecting Google’s deal with authors and publishers, who were represented by the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers …” (more)

[Marc Parry, Chronicle of Higher Education, 23 March]


Google Decision Spurs Research Libraries to Rethink the Path to Digital Access

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 24 March 2011 by Steve

“Tuesday, a federal judge tossed out the proposed settlement in the lawsuit over Google’s vast book-digitization project. Still, research libraries with a stake in that work said they were undeterred …” (more)

[Jennifer Howard, Chronicle of Higher Education, 23 March]

I test-drive Google Latin – and some other new electronics

Posted in research with tags , on 3 October 2010 by Steve

“Our computer officer (thanks Steve) alerted me to the new addition to Google’s repertoire of electronic translation aids: the Latin translator. You type the Latin words in they give you the English words out. Wondering whether it might put me out of a job (no, not seriously …), I decided to give it a test drive …” (more)

[Mary Beard, A don’s life, 3 October]

Google to provide Cloud Computing Services to University College Cork Students

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 16 August 2010 by Steve

“UCC announced today that it has partnered with global company Google for the provision of cloud computing services to its students …” (more)

[UCC Media and Communications, 16 August]

Google finances projects to test digital library

Posted in research with tags on 18 July 2010 by Steve

“Google Inc. is giving researchers nearly a half-million dollars to test the academic value of its rapidly growing online library. The grants announced Wednesday will be used to help pay for 12 humanities projects studying questions that will require sifting through thousands of books to reach meaningful conclusions …” (more)

[Michael Liedtke, Associated Press, 15 July]

The Humanities Go Google

Posted in research with tags , on 28 May 2010 by Steve

“Matthew L Jockers may be the first English professor to assign 1,200 novels in one class. Lucky for the students, they don’t have to read them. As grunts in Stanford University’s new Literature Lab, these students investigate the evolution of literary style by teaming up like biologists and using computer programs to ‘read’ an entire library. It’s a controversial vision …” (more)

[Marc Parry, Chronicle of Higher Education, 28 May]

They’re Here! E-Mail Alerts for Google Scholar Now Available Direct from Google

Posted in research with tags on 12 May 2010 by Steve

“Until now, Google Scholar users had to use a variety of methods to create alerts to notify them of new content in Google Scholar. Well, the wait is over and as of this weekend, Google Scholar E-Mail Alerts are now available …” (more)

[Jess Eustace, Read Around Research, 12 May]

Teacher’s Pet

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 6 April 2010 by Steve

“It was all sweetness and light at last week’s meeting of the seven university presidents. The presidents of UCD and UCC (Hugh Brady and Michael Murphy) and the TCD Provost (John Hegarty) are still basking in those very positive comments about their graduates from Google. But some others are sitting less comfortably …” (more)

[Irish Times, 6 April]

Multinationals reluctant to recruit from many colleges

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 3 March 2010 by Steve

“US multinational companies are reluctant to recruit graduates from many Irish third-level colleges because of concern about declining standards, Minister for Education Batt O’Keeffe was told at a recent meeting with representatives of Google, Intel and other major companies …” (more)

[Sean Flynn, Irish Times, 3 March]

Google welcomes review of college’s ‘grade inflation’

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 2 March 2010 by Steve

“A review of ‘grade inflation’ in schools and colleges, requested by Minister for Education Batt O’Keeffe, has been welcomed by US multinational Google. However, the union representing secondary teachers, the ASTI, has rejected any suggestion that there is a ‘dumbing down’ of standards at Leaving Cert level …” (more)

[Sean Flynn and Ronan McGreevy, Irish Times, 2 March]

Well, we’re listening now

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 2 March 2010 by Steve

“Google complained about grade inflation & mediocre skills in Ireland ages ago- noone listened in boomtimes when system should’ve been fixed” (tweet)

[Karlin Lillington, Twitter, 1 March]

Hacking inquiry puts elite in new light

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 28 February 2010 by Steve

“With its sterling reputation and its scientific bent, Shanghai Jiaotong University has the feel of an Ivy League institution. The university has alliances with elite American institutions and it is so rich in science and engineering talent that Microsoft and Intel have moved into a research park directly adjacent to the school. But Jiaotong, whose sprawling campus has more than 33,000 students, is facing an unpleasant question: is it a base for sophisticated computer hackers? …” (more)

[David Barboza, University World News, 28 February]

A University and a College in China Draw Attention in Google Hacking Investigation

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 23 February 2010 by Steve

“Computer-security experts who are investigating the recent online attacks on Google and other companies have identified two institutions of higher education in China as suspected sources of the attacks, according to The New York Times. If those suspicions are confirmed, it would not be the first time one of those institutions has been linked to an international hacking incident …” (more)

[Mara Hvistendahl, Chronicle of Higher Education, 21 February]

Google Books: what if authors of new books want in?

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 17 February 2010 by Steve

“One aspect of the Google Books Settlement that concerns me is: what about authors (and publishers) of new books? For example, my book, Scholarly Communication for Librarians, was published in 2009, just months after the date covered by the Google Books Settlement. This means if Google Books goes ahead, authors who published just a few months before me will have a tremendous advantage in terms of exposure, unless they have opted out …” (more)

[The Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics, 16 February]

E-books: Publishers poised for victory in latest battle

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 15 February 2010 by Steve

“Publishers look set to win the latest round in the battle for supremacy on electronic books, with Google ready to offer major concessions as it prepares to enter the increasingly competitive e-book market …” (more)

[Murad Ahmed, Times, 15 February]

Google to Invest in Cambridge University Initiative

Posted in research with tags , , on 4 February 2010 by Steve

“Google yesterday announced investment in a number of university research projects across the US. The University of Cambridge however is set to become the only university outside of the US to receive a grant in this round of funding. The investment will go to Cambridge University’s green technology initiative …” (more)

[The Next Web, 4 February]

Stanford U. Expands Deal With Google Book Search and Endorses Settlement

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 3 February 2010 by Steve

“Stanford University reaffirmed its commitment to Google Book Search today, announcing that it has a signed a new, expanded agreement that makes it a full partner library in the book-digitizing project. In a written statement, the university called the deal ‘a milestone in Stanford’s commitment to the program and to the provision of public access to millions of its books’. The university joins the Universities of Michigan, Texas, and Wisconsin at Madison in signing stronger participation agreements with the company …” (more)

[Jennifer Howard, Chronicle of Higher Education, 2 February]

Google Puts New Focus on Outside Research

Posted in research with tags on 2 February 2010 by Steve

“Google, like other leading technology companies, funds university research in fields where its interest and the interest of science coincide. Until now, the company has done that mainly with lots of smaller grants, typically $50,000 or so. But Google is stepping up its funding …” (more)

[Steve Lohr, New York Times, 1 February]

Google Book Search Settlement 2.0: the Latest Scorecard

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 30 January 2010 by Steve

“We hope you enjoyed a holiday break from news of the Google Book Search settlement. A month into the new year, though, it’s time to check back in with the case. January 28 was the deadline to file objections to the revised version. Denny Chin, the federal district judge charged with reviewing the settlement, is scheduled to hold a fairness hearing on Settlement 2.0 on February 18th …” (more)

[Jennifer Howard, Chronicle of Higher Education, 29 January]

UCD ads

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 7 December 2009 by Steve

“UCD do google ads, huh” (tweet)

[Gavin Fitzgerald, Twitter, 6 December]