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compilation (noun) a collection, in a book form, of all the material about a subject.
The process of putting together, in the form of a book, pieces of information from various sources, is a compilation. A compilation of research on non-conventional sources of energy is the collection, in the form of a book, of all the details of research carried on, on the subject so far. The presentation of all the music items of a singer in a CD is a compilation of all the songs of the singer. The compilation of a dictionary is the process of writing a dictionary which presents a collection of all the words in the language, their meanings, grammatical forms, usage, etc..
- Her latest album, a compilation of all her songs, is selling like hot cakes, because it includes all her best solo songs.
- This compilation of research on geophysical strategies and techniques, say the scientists, is the best on the subject, because it brings together all the information on the subject available so far.