I think you'd want to use xISBN, too, right?
From: Code for Libraries [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Nicholas Brown
Sent: Wednesday, August 13, 2014 6:21 AM
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Subject: [CODE4LIB] Automated searching of Copac/Worldcat
Apologies for cross posting
Dear collective wisdom,
I'm interested in using automation software such as Macro Express or iMacros to feed a list of ISBNs from a spreadsheet into Copac or Worldcat and output a list of those that return no matches in the results screen. The idea would be to create a tool that can quickly, although rather roughly, identify rare items in a collection (though obviously this would be limited to items with ISBNs or other unique identifiers). I can write a macro which will sequentially search either catalogue for a list of ISBNs but am struggling with how to have the macro identify items with no matches (I have a vague idea about searching the results screen for the text "Sorry, there are no search results") and to compile them back into a spreadsheet.
I'd be keen to hear if anyone has attempted something similar, general advice, any potential pitfalls in the method outlined above or suggestions for a better way to achieve the same results. If something useful comes of it I'd be happy to share the results.
Many thanks for your help,
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