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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

Global Book Publication: Books as an Expression of Cultural Diversity

Timothy J. Dickey, Ph.D.

Post-Doctoral Researcher

OCLC Research

overview
Overview
  • Introduction to the Project
  • Research Results:
  • Publication profiles
  • Language data
  • Translation data
  • Next steps
genesis and background of the project
Genesis and Background of the Project
  • 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
genesis and background of the project7
Genesis and Background of the Project
  • 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
worldcat as an aggregate collection
WorldCat as an “Aggregate Collection“
  • 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.
project objectives
Project Objectives
  • 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
project objectives10
Project Objectives
  • Data limits:
    • Textual material, non-serial
    • Publication date numeric, < 2010
  • Data extracted:
    • Published titles
    • Holdings – indigenous libraries and worldwide
    • Languages
    • Translation data
project objectives11
Project Objectives
  • 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.
project limitations
Project Limitations
  • “As reflected in WorldCat”
    • Collection patterns
    • Cataloging practice
    • Definition of a book
    • Definition of a COUNTRY
    • Definition of a publishing date
next steps
Next Steps
  • Refinements (always) to data extraction
  • Examine “foreign” holdings data
  • Map and graphical interface
  • Longitudinal data
questions
Questions?
  • 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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