BriefsGoogle now has 20 years of Usenet on-line
Building on the Usenet data previously acquired from Deja.com, Google has constructed what is believed to be the only complete 20-year archive of online discussion groups. This unique resource provides insight into the history and culture of online communication, extending more than 10 years prior to the birth of the web. Google Groups is the source for such first-hand accounts as Linus Torvalds introducing Linux or Marc Andreessen presenting Mosaic and later, the Netscape browser. The Google Groups archive contains more than 700 million postings in 35,000 topical categories Here, for example is the call for papers for the very first Knowledge Discovery Workshop in 1989, held at IJCAI-89 in Detroit. http://groups.google.com/groups?selm=6726%40bunny.UUCP&output=gplain See more about Usenet data on Google on http://www.google.com/3.html
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