Visualizing the Uniqueness, and Conformity, of Libraries
"Tucked away in a presentation on the HathiTrust Digital Library are some fascinating visualizations of libraries by John Wilkin,
the Executive Director of HathiTrust and an Associate University Librarian at the University of Michigan. Although I’ve been
following the progress of HathiTrust closely, I missed these charts, and I want to highlight them as a novel method for revealing
a library fingerprint or signature using shared metadata.
With access to the catalogs of HathiTrust member libraries, Wilkin ran some comparisons of book holdings. His ingenious idea was
not only to count how many libraries held each particular work, but to create a visualization of each member library based on how
widely each book in its collection is held by other libraries."
From Dan Cohen's Humanities Blog, read the piece at:http://www.dancohen.org/2012/12/13/visualizing-the-uniqueness-and-conformity-of-libraries/
In order for us to do this, we would need you to identify specifically which items you want in the collection by either supplying us with IDs or providing a specific set of search terms and limitations. There are various ways this can be achieved, depending on the type of material you want in your collection. Here are some examples of collections that have been custom built:
Identify the title, and we will locate all the items attached to all the records from all the partners and build a collection.
This collection was based on a catalog search for "genealogy" anywhere in a HathiTrust record, with only full view items wanted. The owner has since added other items manually after the fact; the genesis of the collection was roughly 1700 items.
Because we link to HathiTrust items in Mirlyn, our catalog, I could use the Aleph client and retrieve all the records with a location of "Hatcher Graduate Reference Rm." and then save all the attached HathiTrust holdings to extract IDs. The selector who wanted this collection elected to have volumes from all partners included; it would have been simple to have limited it to Michigan items only, if he had decided to do so, based on the namespace of the identifiers.
ESTC staff provided us with identifiers based on their analysis of the bibliographic information available through the bib API.
Please note that once the collection has been built, we would transfer ownership to whomever wants it so the collection can be updated and maintained.