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Journal of Zhejiang University SCIENCE A 2005 Vol.6 No.11 P.1169-1178


The qualitative advantages of quantities of information: bigger is better

Author(s):  LESK Michael

Affiliation(s):  Department of Library and Information Science, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ 08901, USA

Corresponding email(s):   lesk@acm.org, lesk@scils.rutgers.edu

Key Words:  Digital libraries, Search engines, Mass digitization

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Digitization projects should focus on quantity rather than quality. Increasing quantities of information produce qualitatively more valuable services. Online writing and searching are now common, and it is only online reading that is still limiting our use of online books. New interfaces might increase our willingness to read online, which should be encouraged rather than fought, since it represents an increase both the amount of information available and the participation of more people in the writing and exchange of information.

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