[Humanist] 23.745 Recaptcha? Google Book Search?

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Sat Apr 3 07:19:54 CEST 2010


                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 23, No. 745.
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  [1]   From:    Martin Mueller <martinmueller at northwestern.edu>            (2)
        Subject: Recaptcha in humanities projects

  [2]   From:    "David L. Hoover" <david.hoover at nyu.edu>                  (17)
        Subject: Google Book Search


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        Date: Fri, 2 Apr 2010 08:31:01 -0500
        From: Martin Mueller <martinmueller at northwestern.edu>
        Subject: Recaptcha in humanities projects
        In-Reply-To: <20100402055350.013954CD88 at woodward.joyent.us>

I'd like to find out about the use of ReCaptcha in humanities projects of various kinds or sizes. Are there any? Does it help with cleaning up OCR, especially with texts before 1800?

Martin Mueller


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        Date: Fri, 02 Apr 2010 17:01:23 -0400
        From: "David L. Hoover" <david.hoover at nyu.edu>
        Subject: Google Book Search 
        In-Reply-To: <20100402055350.013954CD88 at woodward.joyent.us>

Both lovers and haters of Google may be interested in the following 
curious facts. A Google Books search frequently fails to find all of the 
books Google has digitized. A case in point is that an advanced Google 
Books search for "Awkward Age" by "Henry James" yields just 2 full view 
copies. In contrast, an archive.org search finds a total of 10 full view 
copies of the novel in all--5 at books.google.com, 1 at Gutenberg, and 4 
independent copies.

There's an irony for you: a Google search fails to find items on 
Google's own web site.

Any ideas how/why this is possible?

-- 
          David L. Hoover, Professor of English, NYU
       212-998-8832       http://homepages.nyu.edu/~dh3/

    Most of her friends had an anxious, haggard look, . . .  
Basil Ransom wondered who they all were; he had a general idea 
they were mediums, communists, vegetarians. 
           -- Henry James, The Bostonians (1886)





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