On Google Knol

The recently discussed (announced?) Google Knol project could make Google Scholar look like a tiny blip in the the scholarly publishing landscape.
I love the comment an authority:
“Books have authors’ names right on the cover, news articles have bylines, scientific articles always have authors — but somehow the web evolved without a strong standard to keep authors names highlighted. We believe that knowing who wrote what will significantly help users make better use of web content.”
And so I suppose this means they are assigning author identifiers….

4 thoughts on “On Google Knol

  1. Jonathan Rochkind

    Hmm, I read it as an attempt to compete with wikipedia, but adding some ‘authority’.
    “A knol on a particular topic is meant to be the first thing someone who searches for this topic for the first time will want to read”
    It’s not obvious to me that this project will involve author identifiers in any way.

  2. Geoffrey Bilder

    Maybe not “obvious”, but I suppose I am extrapolating from their stated goal

    “Books have authors’ names right on the cover, news articles have bylines, scientific articles always have authors — but somehow the web evolved without a strong standard to keep authors names highlighted. We believe that knowing who wrote what will significantly help users make better use of web content.”

    Combine that with their (also recent) announcement about “Google Profiles” and it would seem to me they have the start of an author identifier.

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