Virtual International Authority File

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The Virtual International Authority File (VIAF) is a joint project of several national libraries and operated by the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC).[1]

History[change | edit source]

In 1998, the project was started by the German National Library and the U.S. Library of Congress.[2]

In 2003, VIAF was established.[2]

The file numbers are being added to some Wikipedia articles about people.[3]

Participating libraries[change | edit source]

English-language name Native-language name (if non-English) Location Country
Central Institute for the Union Catalogue of Italian Libraries and Bibliographic Information Istituto Centrale per il Catalogo Unico Rome Italy
German National Library Deutsche Nationalbibliothek Frankfurt Germany
Getty Research Institute Los Angeles, California United States
Library and Archives Canada Bibliothèque et Archives Canada Ottawa, Ontario Canada
Library of Alexandria Bibliotheca Alexandrina Alexandria Egypt
Library of Congress (NACO consortium) Washington, D.C. United States
National Library of Australia Canberra Australia
National Library of France Bibliothèque nationale de France Paris France
National Library of Israel הספרייה הלאומית Jerusalem Israel
National Library of Portugal Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal Lisbon Portugal
National Library of Spain Biblioteca Nacional de España Madrid Spain
National Library of Sweden Kungliga Biblioteket Stockholm Sweden
National Library of the Czech Republic Národní knihovna České republiky Prague Czech Republic
National Széchényi Library Országos Széchényi Könyvtár Budapest Hungary
RERO: Library Network of Western Switzerland Réseau des bibliothèques de Suisse occidentale or Westschweizer Bibliothekverbund Switzerland
French university library consortium Système universitaire de documentation France
Swiss National Library Schweizerische Nationalbibliothek, Bibliothèque nationale suisse, Biblioteca nazionale svizzera, Rete delle bibliotheche della Svizzera occidentale Berne Switzerland
NUKAT: Union Catalogue of Polish Research Libraries NUKAT: katalog zbiorów polskich bibliotek naukowych Poland
Vatican Library Bibliotheca Apostolica Vaticana Vatican City

References[change | edit source]

  1. Online Computer Library Center (OCLC), "Virtual International Authority File (VIAF)"; retrieved 2013-3-15.
  2. 2.0 2.1 OCLC, "VIAF, A brief history"; retrieved 2013-3-15.
  3. Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), "Wikipedia to add VIAF identifiers", citing Wikipedia:Authority control integration proposal/RFC; retrieved 20133-3-15.

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