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Development of Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential (1976 - 1995)

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This table compares evolution of different sections of the Encyclopedia between the lst edition (1976) and the 4th edition (1994-95). The 4th edition was in three volumes, of which the third (Strategies) appeared in 1995. Statistics on subsequent development of the databases for the web are presented separately. The table also reconciles the different ordering systems used in the different editions. See explanatory notes.
 
. ENTRIES CROSS-REFERENCES TEXT INDEXES BIBLIOG 
Year 

Edition

1976 

1st ed 

1986 

2nd ed

1991 

3rd ed

1994 

4th ed

% Change 
1991- 
1994
1976 

1st ed 

1986 

2nd ed

1991 

3rd ed

1994 

4th ed

% Change 
1991- 
1994
% Change 
1991- 
1994
1994 (4th ed) 

Items

WORLD PROBLEMS Section P (Volume 1)
Descriptive entries (Subsection) P PP PB-PF   P PP PB-PF        
Number of problems 2653 4700 8721 9836 +12.8%   17636 74399 113330 +52.3%
+34.1%
  4650
Indexed only (Subsection) P PQ PG / PJ     PQ PG / PJ        
Number of problems 4791 5533 4446 
[a]
2367 -46.8% 
[a]
  - 5995 6875 +14.7%
-46.2%
  9
Total WORLD PROBLEMS 7444 10233 13167 
[a]
12203 -7.3% 
[a]
13574 17636 80394 120205 +49.5%
+32.1%
53825 4659
HUMAN DEVELOPMENT Section H (Volume 2)
Concepts:  [HH] 228 628 1292 1407 +8.9% - 917 4356 4388 +0.7% +16.6% 5727  
Modes 
[ HM]
- 968 2459 3049 +10.5% - 3544 10671 10849 +1.7% +12.7% 17969  
Total Human Development 288 1596 4051 4456 +10.0% 4461 15027 15237 +1.4% +14.4% 23696 2709
VALUES AND WISDOM Section V (Volume 2)
Constructive Values [VC] 704 960 960 987 +2.8% - 3568 3568 4148 +16.3%   1052  
Destructive Values [VD] - 1040 1040 1992 +91.5% - 3440 3440 7246 +110.6%   2338  
Value Polarities [VP] - 225 225 230 0% - 7231 7231 11618 +60.7%   458  
Value 
Types [VT]
- 45 45 45 0% - 224 224 225 0%   50  
Total Values and Wisdom 704 2270 2270 3254 +43.8% - 14463 14463 23237 +60.7%   3898 421
Total HUMAN POTENTIAL 992 3866 
[b]
6321 
[b]
7710 
[b]
+22.0% 
[b]
18924 29490 38474 +30.5%   27594 5992 
[d]
Total PROBLEMS AND POTENTIAL 8436 
[c]
14099 
[b]
19488 
[b]
19913 
[b]
+2.2% 
[b]
14506 36560 109884 158679 +44.4%   81419 10651
STRATEGIES Section S (Volume 3)
Descriptive entries (Subsection)  
SP,SR,SS,ST
SB-SF, SP    
SP,SR,SS,ST
SB-SF,SP   
 
     
Number of strategies - 1187 - 9203 +675.3%   7959   61034 +666.9% +728.6% 1970  
Referenced only (Subsection)   SQ SG, SJ, SK, ST  
 
  SQ SG,SJ,SK,ST   
 
   
 
 
Number of strategies - 7148 - 20339 +184.5%   0   23856  -  - 102
Total STRATEGIES - 8335 - 29542 +254.4%   7959   84890 +966.6% +728.6% 27164 2072

Notes from table:
[a] Total problems for 1991 includes 344 entries in subsection PA: Fundamental Abstract Problems, excluded from the 1994 edition.  The more tangible aspects of these problems have been incorporated into entries in the PB and PF sections.  Other aspects are taken up in the values section (Section V) in Volume 2.  It also includes around 1,160 problems which were deemed "unsatisfactory" or "doubtful" and so should not have been included in the total of problems for 1991 (actually around 12,000 rather than 13,167).  Such problems have not been included in 1994 totals.  This explains the apparent reduction in the population of problems, which has in fact remained (numerically) virtually constant (rising fractionally) between 1991 and 1994. Detailed breakdowns for 1994, including cross-references, are presented in a separate table

[b] The 1986 and 1991 editions of the Encyclopedia contained subsections with descriptive entries which have not been modified, and for reasons of space do not appear in the 4th edition.  They are Section K : Integrative Concepts (632 entries), Embodying discontinuity (70) and Patterning disagreement (20); Section M : Patterns of concepts (3491) and Symbols (636); and Section T : Transformative Conferencing (240) and Transformative Policy Cycles (64).  The 1986 edition also contained a section on Strategies, with 7,959 entries of various types.  This material was updated and enlarged to form Volume 3 of the 4th edition of the Encyclopedia.  Refer to the Introductory Note 2.3 Content: modifications, improvements and additions (Vol 1, p.33) and the Statistical commentary on modifications to world problems for more detailed information on changes to the content of the Encyclopedia.

[c] In addition to the entries indicated, the 1976 edition contained the following sections which have not appeared in subsequent editions: International organizations (3300 entries), Traded products and commodities (241), Intellectual disciplines and sciences (1845), Economic and industrial sectors (132), Occupations and jobs (739), Multinational corporations (606), Human diseases (775), International periodicals (1197), Multilateral treaties (931).  It should be noted, however, that international organizations (31,085) are described in the Yearbook of International Organizations (UIA, 1994).  Volume 3 of that series also classifies organizations and treaties by subject (around 3000 categories).

[d] Total includes bibliographic references for Sections K, M and T of Volume 2. 

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