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RE: UCal and Google in CHE

There's also an article in the Los Angeles Times:


Bernie Sloan

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Thursday, August 3, 2006

U. of California Is in Talks to Join Google's Library-Scanning Project


The University of California is negotiating with Google to join
the search-engine giant's book-digitization project. If the
company and the university system agree to a deal -- which,
sources within the university say, could happen soon -- Google
might have access to as many as 34 million books within the

Details about the negotiations and the potential agreement,
including who might pay for the digitization project, are scant.
The university system's Board of Regents heard a presentation,
"Large-Scale Digitization of UC Library Holdings: An Historic
Opportunity," at a meeting in late July, but the minutes of that
meeting are not yet available.

Daniel Greenstein, director of the system's California Digital
Library, would not offer specifics of the negotiations, other
than to say, "The deal is not done."

Representatives of Google did not respond to telephone calls and
e-mail messages from The Chronicle on Wednesday. News of the
talks was first reported in the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday.

The University of California would join libraries at Harvard and
Stanford Universities, the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor,
and the University of Oxford, as well as the New York Public
Library, all of which have agreements with the search-engine
company to scan portions of their collections. Michigan's
agreement appears to be the most comprehensive: Google is
scanning the university's entire library holdings of more than
seven million volumes.


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