Virtual International Authority File

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Virtual International Authority File
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Acronym VIAF
Managing organisation Online Computer Library Center

The Virtual International Authority File (VIAF) is an international authority file. It is a joint project of several national libraries and operated by the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC).[1][2] The project was initiated by the German National Library and the US Library of Congress.

The aim is to link the national authority files (such as the German Name Authority File) to a single virtual authority file. In this file, identical records from the different data sets are linked together. A VIAF record receives a standard data number, contains the primary "see" and "see also" records from the original records, and refers to the original authority records. The data are made available online and are available for research and data exchange and sharing. Reciprocal updating uses the Open Archives Initiative protocol.

The file numbers are also being added to Wikipedia biographical articles[3] and are incorporated into Wikidata.

Participating libraries and organizations[edit]

English-language name Native-language name (if non-English) Location Country
Bibnet (nl): Flemish Public Libraries (VLACC: Flemish Central Catalogue) VLACC: Vlaamse Centrale Catalogus Brussels Belgium
BIBSYS: National Library of Norway BIBSYS: Nasjonalbiblioteket Trondheim Norway
British Library - London England
Central Institute for the Union Catalogue of Italian Libraries and Bibliographic Information Istituto Centrale per il Catalogo Unico Rome Italy
Danish Bibliographic Centre (DBC) Ballerup Denmark
Danish Agency for Culture
Flemish Public Libraries
German National Library Deutsche Nationalbibliothek Frankfurt Germany
Getty Research Institute (Union List of Artist Names) Los Angeles, California United States
Israel Museum Muze'on Yisrael Jerusalem Israel
Lebanese National Library المكتبة الوطنية Beirut Lebanon
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 Diet Library 国立国会図書館 Tokyo and Kyoto Japan
National Agricultural Library - Beltsville, Maryland United States
National and University Library in Zagreb Nacionalna i sveučilišna knjižnica u Zagrebu Zagreb Croatia
National Library of Australia Canberra Australia
National Library of Catalonia Biblioteca de Catalunya Barcelona Spain
National Library of France Bibliothèque nationale de France Paris France
National Library of Israel הספרייה הלאומית Jerusalem Israel
National Library of Latvia Latvijas Nacionālā bibliotēka Rīga Latvia
National Library of Medicine - Bethesda, Maryland United States
National Library of Mexico Biblioteca Nacional de México Mexico City Mexico
National Library of New Zealand - Wellington New Zealand
National Library of Norway Nasjonalbiblioteket Oslo Norway
National Library of Poland Biblioteka Narodowa Warsaw Poland
National Library of Portugal Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal Lisbon Portugal
National Library of Scotland - Edinburgh Scotland
National Library of South Africa Staats-Bibliotheek der Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek Cape Town and Pretoria South Africa
National Library of Spain Biblioteca Nacional de España Madrid Spain
National Library of Sweden Kungliga Biblioteket Stockholm Sweden
National Library of Wales Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru Aberystwyth Wales
National Library of the Czech Republic Národní knihovna České republiky Prague Czech Republic
National Széchényi Library Országos Széchényi Könyvtár Budapest Hungary
Perseus Project - Medford, Massachusetts United States
RERO Library Network of Western Switzerland Réseau des bibliothèques de Suisse occidentale, Rete delle bibliotheche della Svizzera occidentale or Westschweizer Bibliothekverbund Martigny Switzerland
SUDOC (French library consortium) Système universitaire de documentation France
Syriac Reference Portal
Swiss National Library Schweizerische Nationalbibliothek, Bibliothèque nationale suisse, Biblioteca nazionale svizzera, Berne Switzerland
NUKAT (pl): Union Catalogue of Polish Research Libraries NUKAT: katalog zbiorów polskich bibliotek naukowych Poland
Vatican Library Bibliotheca Apostolica Vaticana Vatican City
Wikidata - - -

Libraries added for testing purposes[edit]

English-language name Native-language name (if non-English) Location Country
ISNI London United Kingdom
National Library Board Singapore Singapore
National Library of the Netherlands Koninklijke Bibliotheek The Hague The Netherlands
Russian State Library Российская государственная библиотека Moscow Russia

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Kelley, Michael; Schwartz, Meredith (2012). "VIAF service transitions to OCLC". Library Journal (Media Source) 137 (8): 16. 
  2. ^ VIAF, OCLC .
  3. ^ VIAFbot Edits 250,000 Wikipedia Articles to Reciprocate All Links from VIAF into Wikipedia, OCLC, 2012-12-07 

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