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Monday, February 02, 2004
Google vs. Microsoft, and Stanford Digitisation  
The New York Times carries a longish article on Microsoft's challenge to Google. The Times is casting this as MS vs Silicon Valley, round 2, seeing similarities with the MS/Netscape battle.

Perhaps more interesting is the mention on page three of the article of a collaboration between Google and Stanford University Library:

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.

In probably unrelated news, Library Journal reports that Stanford has left the ARL.


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