As I explained earlier, I have been doing some investigations into how MARC has been used over the last several decades. Curious about the contents of the 110 $a (corporate names), I parsed it and the top 30 headings are listed below. Keep in mind a few things, however:
- Entities can be put together in different ways. For example , there is “Great Britain” and “England and Wales” and “Scotland” all appear in the list.
- My process (as presently constituted) is simplistic. Therefore, both “Canada.” and “CANADA.” are counted separately.
- Slight variations in headings produce different entries. For example, “Santa Fe River Baptist Association (Fla.)” and “Santa Fe River Baptist Association.”
- Typos produce different entries.
Eventually I will make the entire list available. If you’re really eager, email me.
1417046 United States. 587986 Great Britain. 358417 France. 206591 Canada. 176754 Geological Survey (U.S.) 101421 California. 98397 Michigan. 79615 Australia. 78175 Catholic Church. 64390 New York (State). 57037 New Zealand. 48218 Sotheby's (Firm) 46196 HoÌ‚tel Drouot. 45853 QueÌbec (Province). 44812 New South Wales. 44022 England and Wales. 43469 Massachusetts. 41914 Pennsylvania. 41560 Christie, Manson & Woods. 41292 EÌglise catholique. 39517 Ontario. 36636 Scotland. 36234 Illinois. 34691 United Nations. 31121 India. 31011 Agence de presse Meurisse. 29958 Cornell University. 29648 Church of England. 29073 Japan. 28675 Victoria.
Roy Tennant works on projects related to improving the technological infrastructure of libraries, museums, and archives.
One Comment on “Top Corporate Names in WorldCat”
Wow. The three auction houses really surprise me. And let\’s hear it for the Geological Survey and its zillions of maps!
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