UNIMARC export format

All of the bibliographic services and products supplied by the BnF enable one to download bibliographic and authority records in UNIMARC.
The data is first created in INTERMARC in the Catalogue général de la BnF, and then converted into UNIMARC. The converted data respects the structure of the UNIMARC Manual such as it was designed by IFLA at the international level, while retaining the richness of the data originally created in INTERMARC so that it can be optimally reused in local catalogs.

The BnF's UNIMARC B export format updated in November 2015 contains the successive evolutions of the format (creations, modifications and suppressions) occurred since October 2006.
The main evolutions are as follows :
  • the enrichment of the description of serial publications
  • the addition of ISNI ($o) in the responsibility fields (7XX)
  • the source of the links to works downloaded in the Catalogue général de la BnF from
  • a field for critical comment from the Joie par les livres Association (JPL)
An appendix document lists all the changes occurred between 2006 and 2015. The changes are emphasized by the mention "Mise à jour 2015".
See also

Format UNIMARC B de diffusion : récapitulatif des modifications [fichier .pdf – 536 Ko – 15/01/18 – 46 p.] Oct. 2006 - déc. 2017

INTERMARC code lists are used in some specific zones of the BnF's UNIMARC export format.

Convention regarding BnF's records transfer

Additions or modifications to IFLA’s UNIMARC bibliographic and authority formats are clearly noticeable, and customers may keep them or ignore them, according to their needs.

These documents should not be confounded with the UNIMARC Manual originated by IFLA:

For authority records:
  • UNIMARC manual : authorities format / International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, IFLA Universal Bibliographic Control and International MARC Programme. - 2nd rev. and enl. ed - München : K. G. Saur, 2001. - (UBCIM Publications. New Series, Vol.22)
    ISBN 3-598-11503-2
  • Manuel UNIMARC : Format des notices d’autorité / Fédération internationale des associations de bibliothécaires et des bibliothèques, Programme Contrôle bibliographique universel et MARC international ; traduction française établie par le Comité français UNIMARC. – 2e éd. revue et augmentée. – Données textuelles. – Paris : Bibliothèque nationale de France, 2004.
For bibliographic records:
  • Manuel UNIMARC : format bibliographique / Fédération internationale des associations de bibliothécaires et des bibliothèques , IFLA UBCIM. ; traduction française par le Comité français UNIMARC. – Éd. française en ligne. – Paris : Bibliothèque nationale de France, 2007.
    This version takes into account the 5th update issued in English in 2005.

Friday, December 18, 2015

To be noted

Former versions of UNIMARC format are still online
If you cannot open the document, right click on the link, choose where to save the document on your hard disk, and click "Save."