March 20, 2018

Google's Usability Chief On Ideas Having to Be Discoverable and Use "Control F"

In a New Scientist article, Google’s Dan Russell talks about his job, discoverability of ideas, and more. Dan also mentions a super interesting fact that we’ve heard from him before (it’s worth repeating) and something that many of us have shared during presentations for years, the POWER of the Control+F (find) feature. It’s one of […]

NY Times: Quietly, Google Puts History Online (Google Cultural Insitute)

This articles includes mentions of  several resources and projects we’ve mentioned and linked to on INFOdocket. From the NY Times Article: The digitization of the [Dead Sea] scrolls was done by Google under a new initiative aimed at demonstrating that the Internet giant’s understanding of culture extends beyond the corporate kind. The Google Cultural Institute […]

IDG News Service: Italian Mathematician Prepares to Challenge Google

Great technology is only a part of what it might take to challenge Google. Of course, we’re not interested in a challenge we want great search/research tools. More than one or two or three high quality, general purpose search tools should exist. It’s not (or at least it shouldn’t be) a zero-sum game. We look […]

New From Google for Web Searchers: "Search Using Your Terms, Verbatim"

Note 1: Looks like the new feature is rolling-out at the moment, if you don’t see it now, check back in a few hours. Note 2: We’re working to find out if: + You first have to run a search and then refine by clicking “verbatim” or if you can activate the verbatim search from […]

Google Briefs: Interior Views of Businesses Formally Launch & Indexing of Facebook Comments Now Available

1. Google eBooks opens a new chapter for Canadian readers (via Google Canada Blog) We’re excited to announce partnerships with both major international and Canadian publishers, including Random House, McClelland & Stewart, Douglas & McIntyre, House of Anansi and Dundurn. What’s more, we’ve also partnered with your favorite retailers, like Campus eBookstore and McNally Robinson, […]

Google to Begin Charging High Volume Users of Google Maps API

From Programmable Web: “Google Maps Usage Fees: How Many Developers Will Have to Pay?” This post discusses an announcement that some high volume users of the Google Maps API will begin to have to pay for access after certain quotas are reached. It’s likely that most users (including individual libraries) that use the Google Maps […]

Monster-Sized Roundup of Recent Google Happenings (New & Updated Resources + Company News)

Just in time for Halloween. Here’s a monster-sized roundup of some recent Google news, product updates, upcoming releases, and more. Services and Tools Google+ Adds Popular Stories, Post Analytics, Photo Filter Kits & Begins Supporting Google Apps by (Greg Finn, Search Engine Land) “Google Tweaks Advanced Search: Change Irks Some” (via PC World) Google Removes […]

New Full Text Article: "Copyright and Research in Google Book Search"

Title: “Copyright and Research in Google Book Search” (4 pages; PDF) by Benjamin J. Keele Source: Virginia Lawyer (October 2011, Vol. 60) (via SSRN) Abstract: Many researchers – even trained professionals – often use the Google search engine to begin searches for information. Google’s many products enable researchers to search public websites, scholarly articles, and […]

Google Launches New Book Alerts & Other Services

From the Inside Google Books: Starting this week, you can set up a Google Alert for books and receive email notices when new books that match your interests become available. To create an alert for books, go to Google Alerts, type in the keywords you are interested in about a book, (whether it’s title, author […]

Google Experimenting With an "Infinite Digital Bookcase" Using WebGL

From the Google Blog and Google Code Blog: A digital interface needs to be familiar enough to be intuitive, while simultaneously taking advantage of the lack of constraints in a virtual space. In this case, we imagined something that looks like the shelves in your living room, but is also capable of showcasing the huge […]