[permaculture] Google Introduces New Research Tool - http://scholar.google.com/

Lawrence F. London, Jr. lfl at intrex.net
Thu Nov 18 19:56:05 EST 2004


*Google Introduces New Research Tool*

Nov 18, 12:35 AM (ET)

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) - Online search engine leader Google Inc.
is setting out make better sense of all the scholarly work stored on the

The company's new service, unveiled late Wednesday at , draws upon newly
developed algorithms to list the academic research that appears to be
most relevant to a search request. Mountain View-based Google doesn't
plan to charge for the service nor use the feature to deliver text-based
ads - the primary source of its profits.http://scholar.google.com

"Google has benefited a lot from scholarly research, so this is one way
we are giving back to the scholarly community," said Anurag Acharya, a
Google engineer who helped develop the new search tools.

Although Google already had been indexing the reams of academic research
online, the company hadn't been able to separate the scholarly content
from commercial Web sites.

By focusing on the citations contained in academic papers, Google also
engineered its new system to provide a list of potentially helpful
material available at libraries and other offline sources.

The scholarly search effort continues Google's effort to probe even
deeper into content available online and offline. Last month, Google
expanded a program that invites publishers to scan their books into the
search engine's index, enabling people to peek at the contents online
before deciding whether to buy a copy.

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