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Why do I receive PDRs (partnering data record aka partial records)?

Applies to
  • WorldCat Cataloging Partners
Answer

PDRs are delivered for an item if:

We are unable to make a match because there is no matching item in WorldCat

We are unable to make a match in WorldCat based on the information provided to us in the vendor supplied record for the item

If you've enabled ‘Do Not Deliver WorldCat Records if WorldCat Holdings Are Already Set for These institutions’

Additional information

A PDR (partnering data record) is an optional record created by OCLC when no OCLC record is found or delivered. It contains title, ISBN, and provider-provided data and may contain data elements such as list price, invoice date, etc., if these data elements are mapped by the user. PDRs are system generated, a very brief ‘placeholder' or 'partial' record.

PDRs are delivered for an item if:

We are unable to make a match because there isn't any matching item in WorldCat.

We are unable to make a match in WorldCat based on the information provided to us in the vendor supplied record for the item, so again there is no match delivered.  

We may also deliver a PDR, if you've enabled ‘Do Not Deliver WorldCat Records if WorldCat Holdings Are Already Set for These institutions’

You may elect to have the OCLC control number output in the PDR if applicable.

For further information see Cataloging partner reports

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