The concept of a work in WorldCat: an application of FRBR

  title={The concept of a work in WorldCat: an application of FRBR},
  author={Rick Bennett and Brian F. Lavoie and Edward T. O'Neill},
  journal={Library Collections, Acquisitions, and Technical Services},
  pages={45 - 59}
Abstract This paper explores the concept of a work in WorldCat, the OCLC Online Union Catalog, using the hierarchy of bibliographic entities defined in the Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR) report. A methodology is described for constructing a sample of works by applying the FRBR model to randomly selected WorldCat records. This sample is used to estimate the number of works in WorldCat, and describe some of their key characteristics. Results suggest that the majority of… 

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