Monday, May 26, 2008

Evaluating the Quality of Electronic Texts

Lisa Spiro, director of the Digital Media Center at Rice University’s Fondren Library, has an excellent blog Digital Scholarship in the Humanities. A few weeks ago she posted a clear and detailed comparison of 5 collections of digital texts (Google Books, the Internet Archive, Project Gutenberg, Early American Fiction, and Making of America), concentrating on 6 factors that determine the usefulness of each for purposes of scholarship:

  • Quality of the scanning
  • Quality of the OCR/text conversion
  • Quality of the metadata
  • Terms of use
  • Convenience
  • Reputation in the world of scholarship

Presciently she omitted the soon-to-be-shuttered Microsoft Live Book search service.

Her posts are always worth reading, but this one is particularly recommended.

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