Google has done more for the world with ngrams
Data is valuable asset for a company in the Internet world. With data of users, a company can gain lots of benefits. They can push specified ads to users by analyzing user behaviors, they can even sell the data to third parties. Data is very important for a company's success, so some companies will keep their data secret in order to gain advantages over competitors. However, Google seems do it in another way.
Jon Orwant, a Google Research manager shared the reasons behind this decision:
- It would help researchers conduct experiments they couldn't perform any other way.
- It would help draw attention to an ancillary benefit of scanning millions of books.
- It would help others improve their NLP applications.
- Why not share?
While in contrast, most companies will keep their data privately which they spent much effort on gaining. There are no obligations for them to share these valuable data publicly. However, we still hope that more and more companies will open the door for data sharing to benefit the world.
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