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Conference on the “bibliographic transition” organised by AFNOR and BnF.

Gaëlle Béquet will open a conference dedicated to “Bibliographic transition” in France.

AFNOR, the French standardization agency, and the National Library of France (BnF) organize on June 26th, 2015 a conference on “bibliographic transition”. Sylviane Tarsot Gillery, BnF’s general director, Gaëlle Béquet, chair of ISO TC46 (Technical Committee on information and documentation) and Pierre Fuzeau, chair of CN46 (French national mirror of TC46) will open this one-day conference.

The conference will present the issues of adopting new bibliographic models and formats, consistent with the FRBR approaches, to drive the participation of cultural institutions in the web of data. Even though the questions related to the adoption of RDA cataloguing rules in France will be specifically under focus, the discussions are intended for a wide audience, from libraries, archives and museums.

Link to the programme (in French):


Virtua Client: new release

The ISSN database software, based on Virtua from Innovative [], has been recently upgraded to a new release which includes some important customizations. In particular, it is now possible for the ISSN International Centre to create and manage directly the internal bibliographic validations rules which help to ensure the quality and consistency of the data in the ISSN Register.

The new release also offers the possibility of loading bibliographic data from external applications, which opens new horizons for the connection of external services.


Visit at the Instituto de Información Científica y Tecnológica (IDICT) in Havana (Cuba)

Mrs Gaëlle Béquet, director of the ISSN International Centre, has visited the Instituto de Información Científica y Tecnológica (IDICT) in Havana (Cuba) on May 18th and 19th, 2015.

IDICT has been cooperating for many years with the ISSN International Centre for the identification of Cuban serial publications which are recorded in the ISSN Register. This visit was the opportunity to present ISSN network and services, and especially ROAD, the Directory of Open Access Resources.