The future of Google Scholar
There is an interesting interview out in Nature where Richard van Noorden interviewed Anurag Acharya from Google Scholar: Google Scholar pioneer on search engine’s future: Nature News & Comment. Definitely worth a look. It has tidbits on the past, present and future of Google Scholar.
There are also some follow-ups to this. For example, on Twitter I saw the following exchange:
I am in general agreement here that the community needs to start thinking about an open alternative. Yes, I like Google Scholar (e.g., see my post on the Google Scholar blog: Using Google Scholar in Scholarly Workflows that I wrote in honor of the tenth anniversary of Google Scholar. But the lack of an API interface and the giving in to publishers demands seems lame. So I do think we need to start to build up new strategies.