The open society, the unrestricted access to knowledge, the unplanned and uninhibited association of men for its furtherance — these are what make a vast, complex, ever growing, ever changing, ever more specialized and expert technological world nevertheless a world of human community.
-J. Robert Oppenheimer, 1953
One of my takeaways from the Google Books metadata “mess” is that full-text searching is not a substitute for accurate metadata. If it was, Google would not be spending any time or energy creating or providing metadata for Google Book Search.
–Christine Schwartz, 9/16/2010
You can’t right a historic wrong, but you can stop participating in the perpetuation of bias by focusing attention only only those who have succeeded in traditional ways in business, academia, government, journalism etc. Don’t wait for the day when women and minorities succeed like white men in positions that were formerly the exclusive province of white men.
-Female Science Professor, 9/14/2010