December 4, 2020

Trinity U. Professor on: "How Google Disrespected Mexican History"

On the Miller-McCune web site, Richard J. Salvucci, an economics professor at Trinity University in San Antonio has authored, “How Google Disrespected Mexican History.”

The column focuses on Google abruptly ending their newspaper digitization program. We posted about it when it happened last month. Since some of what we wrote is quoted in the Salvucci’s article, no need to repeat ourselves here.

Richard J. Salvucci Writes:

There is, however, a small group of scholars muttering, “We told you so.” I am one of them, a survivor of the “Paper of Record affair.” We learned the hard way that what Google giveth, Google taketh away. Without notice. Without warning. And without explanation. That Google’s actions in the Paper of Record affair brought an international group of scholars’ work to a screeching halt should have served as a distinct warning to universities that think the market will save them. Which, these days, is probably most of them, and other cultural institutions, too. (Miller-McCune wrote about the Paper of Record affair in “Digital Disappearance,” a 2010 story about the threat to the historical record in the digital age.

Much More to Read: Direct to the Complete Article

Hat Tip/Thanks: @James3Neal

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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