There are numerous factors which account for this - established publishers not using the ISBN properly, new publishers or self-published authors who have not been educated on how to apply ISBNs, and Amazon who does not require ISBNs for book products (and therefore there are some Amazon-only publishers whose data nevertheless gets out into the supply chain, who do not attach ISBNs to their records). Additionally, some publishers are now selling or licensing individual chapters, and the jury's still out on whether or not they'll use ISBNs for those (or DOIs). In the digital realm, there is a small but vocal anti-ISBN minority as well. So to use ISBNs as an indicator of an Instance would miss many Instances.


From: Shlomo Sanders <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To: Bibliographic Framework Transition Initiative Forum <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Monday, May 20, 2013 9:19 AM
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Re: [BIBFRAME] Instance of ISBNs in MARC records

From a large sample of data that we get from publishers:
  • Only 24.5% with one ISBN!
  • 40% with multiple ISBNs!
  • Largest group has no ISBN!
 
ISBN CountPercentage of records with X ISBNs
038.57%
124.49%
217.00%
35.88%
410.77%
52.14%
60.65%
70.09%
80.12%
90.24%
100.04%
 
 
Thanks,
Shlomo
 
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-----Original Message-----
From: Bibliographic Framework Transition Initiative Forum [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of J. McRee Elrod
Sent: Sunday, May 19, 2013 20:34
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: [BIBFRAME] Instance of ISBNs in MARC records
 
In SLC's database of over 300,000 records, over 169,000 have no ISBN, over 114,000 have one, over 19,000 have two, and the number of ISBNs ranges up to 36 in one record.
 
For us, Instances can't be based on ISBNs.
 
 
Total Records: 315389
 
020s  Records
 
00 169021
01 114221
02  19745
03   7403
04   3238
05   1149
06    344
07    118
08     29
09     42
10     11
11     16
12     10
13     12
14      4
15      5
16      3
17      7
18      1
19      1
21      1
22      1
23      1
25      3
27      1
28      1
36      1
 
 
 
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