Project Ocean: Google to Digitize Stanford's Public Domain Holdings
From The Importance of and LISNews comes this note about Project Ocean, a collaborative project between Standford and Google to put millions of texts online. Information about the project was revealed in this recent NYT article:
The company has also been pushing hard to find new sources of information to index, beyond material that is already stored in a digital form. In December, it began an experiment with book publishers to index parts of books, reviews and other bibliographic information for Web surfers.
And Google has embarked on an ambitious secret effort known as Project Ocean, according to a person involved with the operation. With the cooperation of Stanford University, the company now plans to digitize the entire collection of the vast Stanford Library published before 1923, which is no longer limited by copyright restrictions. The project could add millions of digitized books that would be available exclusively via Google.