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, I know, you’re thinking “why doesn’t he automate it?”. And I would, except that this is a shared resource and rather than kicking off my monster list of jobs that could keep the cluster running from now until…well…a long while from now I think it’s better to introduce some variability in load.
All of that is a long introduction to how I came to discover the most edited records in WorldCat. To fill in those 20 minute blocks I took up some “mini investigations” that do not take as long to perform.
For one such investigation I looked into how often WorldCat Records have been edited and by whom. I will be blogging about this in an upcoming post, but a small slice of this investigation was a closer look at the records that have been edited a lot. Since we keep track of the cataloging symbol of every institution that has edited a record, these can stack up for records that require updates on a regular basis — in other words, serials.
All of the records for these serials were edited more than 60 times over their life in WorldCat, and in no particular order:
- THE Journal: Technological Horizons in Education
- Journal of Geophysical Research
- Books in Print
- Encyclopedia of Associations
- US News & World Report
- Journal of the National Cancer Institute
- Occupational Outlook Handbook
- Health, United States
- Federal Register
- Budget of the United States Government
- Statistical Abstract of the United States
- Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
- Social Security Bulletin
Take a bow, serials catalogers, you’ve clearly earned your pay.
Roy Tennant works on projects related to improving the technological infrastructure of libraries, museums, and archives.