[Eril-l] KB discrepancies

Donley, Leah donley at bnl.gov
Thu Oct 8 11:53:09 PDT 2015

In addition to everything mentioned so far, I’ve worked with publishers and KB providers in the past to correct title lists for collections.  I suspect that when this happens, the KB feeds aren’t always updated (or maybe not updated for all KB providers, not exactly sure how that works), because we’ve switched providers a few times and often a collection I’ve corrected with one provider will not be correct in the new provider’s KB.


Leah Donley
Information Specialist
Research Library
Brookhaven National Laboratory
Upton, NY
donley at bnl.gov

From: Eril-l [mailto:eril-l-bounces at lists.eril-l.org] On Behalf Of Jill Emery
Sent: Thursday, October 08, 2015 1:59 PM
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Subject: Re: [Eril-l] KB discrepancies

is it possible to get the KBART feeds for both knowledgebases? That may explain the difference.

Both companies endorse KBART so that may help get to the bottom of this situation.

Here is the registry contact information for both providers: https://sites.google.com/site/kbartregistry/

On Thu, Oct 8, 2015 at 10:53 AM, Daniel Peterson <dcpcreations at gmail.com<mailto:dcpcreations at gmail.com>> wrote:
I'm not sure how SFX and OCLC KBs work, but issues I can think of to take into account are:
1. Do the title lists include only full text content, or full text and A&I titles
2. If full text only, how comprehensive does that full text need to be ("selected full text" titles cause confusion with link resolvers)
3. How are journal title changes tracked? Single entry for all title versions, or separate for each title/ISSN variant?
4. Conference proceedings and monographic serials can be a mess

On Thu, Oct 8, 2015 at 10:40 AM, Steve Oberg <steve.oberg at wheaton.edu<mailto:steve.oberg at wheaton.edu>> wrote:

I'm managing SFX as well as the OCLC WMS KB. I don't intend to open the can of worms of: why have more than one? So...If you are in a similar situation to mine, and have insights about the following common scenario, I'd love to hear your perspective.

KB #1 has a particular collection. KB #2 has the same collection. Yet the number of individual titles within each varies wildly. Here's a specific example: SFX has a target for EBSCOHOST_PSYCBOOKS that has 2,183 portfolios. The same thing in OCLC WMS KB (called a collection, with title, EBSCOhost PsycBOOKS) has 4,021 titles in it.

If the source for each KB is a vendor feed of some sort, isn't it logical to expect the numbers to be somewhat close? But they frequently aren't. I'm not sure there is a ready solution to the problem but I'm wanting to at least have a better grasp of the possible reasons for these discrepancies.



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