The Most Edited Records in WorldCat

Recently I’ve been doing a large pile of data processing jobs that has me working in cycles of 20 minutes or so. In other words, I do some edits, kick off a job on our compute cluster (fondly named “Gravel” — don’t ask) and about 20 minutes later I do roughly the same thing. Yeah, …

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The Most Used English Title Words in WorldCat

This is another installment in my continuing series of eclectic, peripatetic, and yes, let’s just say it: “pathetic” data investigations. The most recent identified the top countries of publication for WorldCat records. For whatever reason, I got it into my head to determine which English words appear the most in the main title of WorldCat …

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Countries of Publication in WorldCat

I’m a data geek. I just love processing data in various ways to see what I can find out. So recently I decided to look into the countries of publication as recorded in the 300+ million MARC records in WorldCat. Just for kicks I did some processing of the 260 $a subfield, which is  the …

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Visualizations of MARC Usage

As part of my work to reveal exactly how the MARC standard has been used over the several decades it has existed (available at “MARC Usage in WorldCat”), I’ve always wanted to produce visualizations of the data. Recently, with essential help from my colleagues JD Shipengrover and Jeremy Browning, I was able to do exactly …

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Metadata for digital objects

That was the topic discussed recently by OCLC Research Library Partners metadata managers. It was initiated by Jonathan LeBreton of Temple, who noted the questions staff raised when describing voluminous image collections such as: Do we share the metadata even if it would swamp results? What context can be provided economically? What are others doing …

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First Scholars’ Contributions to VIAF: Greek!

Contributors to the Virtual International Authority File (VIAF) have generally been national libraries and other library agencies.  We have just loaded into VIAF the first set of personal names from a scholarly resource, the Perseus Catalog hosted by Tufts University, an OCLC Research Library Partner. The Perseus Catalog aims to provide access to at least …

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Multilingual WorldCat represented by translations

Great works are translated—the cream of the world’s cultural and knowledge heritage is shared by being translated. And many of them are represented by bibliographic records in WorldCat. A group of us working on Multilingual WorldCat projects have been focusing on datamining WorldCat for works and all translations associated with them, identifying the translator for …

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MARCEdit Integrates WorldCat Capabilities

As recently announced by Terry Reese, his program MARCEdit now includes a great set of new capabilities for users of WorldCat. Recently made possible by the release of the WorldCat Metadata API from OCLC, here are just a few of the things you can do directly from MARCEdit: Set Batch Holdings in OCLC. Batch upload/edit …

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