[open-bibliography] [ol-discuss] Multivolume works

Tom Morris tfmorris at gmail.com
Thu May 3 20:36:52 UTC 2012

On Thu, May 3, 2012 at 3:26 PM, Lars Aronsson <lars at aronsson.se> wrote:
> This record http://openlibrary.org/works/OL15528638W/Tietosanakirja
> has the title "Tietosanakirja", but it is volume 11 of that work.
> This record was created from a book scanned by the Internet Archive,
> http://archive.org/details/tietosanakirja11bons
> and there is only the number "11" in the URL that indicates this
> is one of many volumes of a work.
> Does the OpenLibrary now have a way to create a record for the work,
> and connect together the records for each of the 11 volumes? I.e.
> is there a "part of" relationship between OpenLibrary records?
> I think I asked the same question in the past, but that was one or
> two years ago.

The scanning projects seem to be pretty uniformly bad at this (Google
Books does the same thing) and I don't think OpenLibrary has a way to
record multi-volume works.

It is a somewhat complex modeling issue because the logical volume to
physical volume mapping can change over time (i.e. what was volumes
1-3 is later published in a single physical volume).


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