Where Are The Gaps In The Discogs Database?

For the 2018 S.P.IN Campaign we want to focus less on overall submissions and more on filling known gaps in the Discogs Database.

Right now we want your input on where those gaps are and what’s possible to fill. There’s already a conversation underway in this Forum Thread, you can add your input there!

I’ve been digging into the Database to identify the high-level patterns based on:

  • The number of Releases by Year of Release
  • The number of Releases by Format & Year of Release
  • The number of Releases by Genre & Year of Release
  • The number of Releases by Region/Country & Year of Release

Below are some graphs charting what’s in there as of July 2018. PLEASE NOTE there are different scales on many of the graphs.

Do you think these patterns match what’s actually out there in the universe?

Let us know in this Forum Thread.

When September arrives we’ll set up leaderboards for a couple of different goals based on whatever the Community wants to go after.


Releases by Year of Release


Releases by Formats


Releases by Genres


Releases by Region/Country

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  • Aug 27,2018 at 09:27

    Fascinating that 1967, the year of Sgt Pepper, was the last year in which there were more music releases in the USA than in Europe (both comparable in terms of population size). However, I wondered if that is due to multiple vesions of the same release in different European countries or whethe you are able to just count unique releases in each geography? (eg if Sgt Pepper was released in Britain, Spain, France and Italy… etc you only count it once or four plus times?)

  • Aug 16,2018 at 09:45

    Not sure if there’s anyway to automate this efficiently, but there are big gaps in sequential catalogue numbers in many of the larger, older labels. Also, once you’ve got these gaps identified I’m not sure what you can then do about it until someone chooses to put their hand up and say they have the release to submit the details…

  • Aug 13,2018 at 08:13

    Also Cassette is poor represented, the reality is that it was very much popular and more recordings were released

  • Aug 13,2018 at 08:11

    BTW it is difficult to date shellac records. On this kind of stats you should include “Unknown year”

  • Aug 13,2018 at 08:09

    I can’t believe there is so lees classical and folk shellacs on database, there was so much released on early decader of S.XX…..

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