This time Roy does some data mining and provides us with a list of the most edited records in the WorldCat database.
After explaining how this research came about Tennant writes:
…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:
13 serials are on the list, many of them serials published by the U.S. government.
Here are a few of the titles on the list. You can find the complete list here.
- Books in Print
- Encyclopedia of Associations
- US News & World Report
- Occupational Outlook Handbook
- Statistical Abstract of the United States
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See Also: Roy and His OCLC Research Colleagues Recently Posted an Update to Their MARC Usage in WorldCat Data Visualizations