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Global Book Publication: Books as an Expression of Cultural Diversity. Timothy J. Dickey, Ph.D. Post-Doctoral Researcher OCLC Research. Overview. Introduction to the Project Research Results: Publication profiles Language data Translation data Next steps.

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Global Book Publication: Books as an Expression of Cultural Diversity

Timothy J. Dickey, Ph.D.

Post-Doctoral Researcher

OCLC Research


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Overview Diversity

  • Introduction to the Project

  • Research Results:

  • Publication profiles

  • Language data

  • Translation data

  • Next steps



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Genesis and Background of the Project Diversity

  • Interested in measures of cultural diversity:

    • UNESCO Institute for Statistics

    • IFLA Statistics and Evaluation Committee

    • ISO Global Library Statistics Project

    • Book and Media Studies School, Leiden

    • Index Translationum

      • UNESCO Division of Cultural Expressions & Creative Industries

      • 1932 - present




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Genesis and Background of the Project Diversity

  • WorldCatTM and Global Book Data:

    • 200 million records, 1.63 billion holdings

      • Strongest in monographic records

    • 72,000 libraries

    • 171 countries

    • ~ 54% non-English cataloging

    • > 470 languages


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WorldCat as an “Aggregate Collection“ Diversity

  • Data Mining can:

  • “…not only provide librarians data for decision-making for collection and service development, but also provide users with enhanced discovery and access methods.”

  • Connaway, L.S., & Dickey, T.J. (2008). Beyond data mining: Delivering the next generation of service from library data. Proceedings of the 2008 Annual Meeting of the American Society for Information Science & Technology, 1059-63 at 1062.


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Project Objectives Diversity

  • Mine data from WorldCat’s monographic records

  • Parse the data:

    • Country of publication

    • Year of publication

    • Language use as a “measure of cultural diversity”

  • Seek patterns in the data


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Project Objectives Diversity

  • Data limits:

    • Textual material, non-serial

    • Publication date numeric, < 2010

  • Data extracted:

    • Published titles

    • Holdings – indigenous libraries and worldwide

    • Languages

    • Translation data


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Project Objectives Diversity

  • Profiles of book publishing in six countries:

    • Bolivia, Chile, Germany, Poland, South Africa, Thailand

  • Data extraction in groups:

    • China, Columbia, Finland, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Kenya, Nigeria, Russia, Ukraine, Venezuela

    • Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Egypt, Greece, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Japan, Korea(s), Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland

    • Etc.


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Project Limitations Diversity

  • “As reflected in WorldCat”

    • Collection patterns

    • Cataloging practice

    • Definition of a book

    • Definition of a COUNTRY

    • Definition of a publishing date

























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Next Steps Diversity

  • Refinements (always) to data extraction

  • Examine “foreign” holdings data

  • Map and graphical interface

  • Longitudinal data


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Questions? Diversity

  • Timothy J. Dickey, Ph.D.

  • [email protected]

  • www.oclc.org/research/projects/globalbooks/default.htm

Special thanks to Jeremy Browning, Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Michael Heaney, and Karen Smith-Yoshimura


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