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.
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.
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