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. Definitley 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:
So what stops Google Scholar from having an API is that most publishers are closed access, and impose restrictions. http://t.co/ZXq08hQ1Sk
— Marc RobinsonRechavi (@marc_rr) November 10, 2014
I am in general agreement here that the cmmnity 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 10th Anniversary og GS. But the lack of an API interface and the givng in to publishers demands seems lame. So I do think we need to start to build up new strategies.