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Configuration parameters for your Z39.50 client software

  • Server : z3950.bnf.fr
  • Port: 2211
  • Database: catalogue général de la BnF
  • Database name* : TOUT
  • User : Z3950
  • Password : Z3950_BNF
  • Element set : F
  • Version : 2
  • Record syntax :
    • For UNIMARC : 1.2.840.10003.5.1
    • For INTERMARC : 1.2.840.10003.5.2
*Other database name parameter : ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ1456

Format and character encoding of downloaded records

Bibliographic records obtained via the Z39.50 application may be in either of the following formats, at the user’s choice:

  • UNIMARC format for bibliographic records provided by BnF: set record syntax parameter to 1.2.840.10003.5.1
  • INTERMARC format for bibliographic records provided by BnF: set record syntax parameter to 1.2.840.10003.5.2

Users may decide whether or not to download analytic records found in some monographs in the catalogue général de la BnF.

In order not to interfere with login parameters set up at a time when such records could not be downloaded, the default option is for analytic records not to be downloaded: if you do not wish to download analytic records, there is nothing to specify when logging in.

If you wish to download analytic records, you need to explicitly request this when logging in, by adding the string “-ANA1” to the value of the “Database name” parameter, giving TOUT-ANA1.

Character encoding for responses to Z39.50 queries may be any of the following, at the user’s choice:

  • ISO 5426-compliant: “Extension of the Latin alphabet coded character set for bibliographic information interchange”. This is the default standard – there is nothing to specify when logging in.
  • ISO 8859-1-compliant (better known as LATIN1): “8-bit single-byte coded graphic character sets – Part 1: Latin alphabet”. To select this option, you need to add the string “-LATIN1” to the value of the “Database name” parameter when you log in, giving TOUT-LATIN1.
  • ISO/CEI 10646-compliant (better known as UNICODE): “Universal multiple-octet coded character set”. The available option is for 8-bit coding, i.e. UTF8. To select this option, you need to add the string “-UTF8” to the value of the “Database name” parameter when you log in, giving TOUT-UTF8.

Example YAZ client login scripts:

  • Records returned in UNIMARC format, ISO5426, without analytic records auth Z3950 Z3950_BNF
    elements F format 1.2.840.10003.5.1
    open tcp:z3950.bnf.fr:2211/TOUT
  • Records returned in UNIMARC format, with analytic records and UTF8 character encoding auth Z3950 Z3950_BNF
    elements F format 1.2.840.10003.5.1
    open tcp:z3950.bnf.fr:2211/TOUT-ANA1-UTF8
  • Records returned in INTERMARC format, LATIN1, without analytic records auth Z3950 Z3950_BNF
    elements F format 1.2.840.10003.5.2
    open tcp:z3950.bnf.fr:2211/TOUT-LATIN1
A set of test records is at your disposal in order to help you to chose the appropriate encoding format.

Combinations of attributes and searches

Bib1 attributes and corresponding searches in the catalog
Attribute 1:
Use
2:
Relationship
3:
Position
4:
Structure
5:
Truncation
6:
Completeness
Search
type
Title 4 - - 2 - - Keyword
Title
series
5 3 - 2 - - Keyword
Title
uniform
6 - 3 2 - - Keyword
Title 4 - - - - - As a phrase
Title
series
5 3 - 1 - - As a phrase
Title
uniform
6 - 3 1 - - As a phrase
ISBN 7 3 3 2 - 1  
ISSN 8 - - - - -  
Dewey
classification
13 3 - - - -  
Subject
heading
21 - - 6 - - Keyword
Subject
heading
21 - - 1 - - As a phrase
Date of
publication*
31 3 3 2 1 1 Date of
publication
Code--
langage*
54 - - - 1 - Document
langage
Code--
geographic area*
55 3 - 2 - - Country of
publication
Author 1003 - - 2 - 1 Keyword
Author-
name personal
1004 3 3 2 - 1 Keyword
Author-
name corporate
1005 3 2 6 - 1 Keyword
Author 1003 - - 1 - 1 As a phrase
Author-
name personal
1004 3 3 1 - 1 As a phrase
Author-
name corporate
1005 3 2 1 - 1 As a phrase
Publisher 1018 3 3 6 - 1 Keyword
Publisher 1018 3 3 1 - 1 As a phrase
Materiel
type*
1031 3 - - - -  
European
article number (EAN)
1214 - - - - -  
*Secondary criteria: may only be used in addition to a primary search criterion

Attribute 1031 (Material Type) can take the following values defined in positions 6 and 7 of the record label in the UNIMARC Manual – Bibliographic Format:
  • am (printed books)
  • as (printed periodicals)
  • c (notated music excluding handwritten music)
  • d (handwritten notated music)
  • e (cartographic materials excluding hand-drawn materials)
  • f (hand-drawn cartographic materials)
  • j (non-musical sound recordings)
  • i (musical sound recordings)
  • g (animated images)
  • m (multimedia)
  • l (electronic media)
  • k (fixed images)
En savoir plus

Label de notice [fichier .pdf – 37 Ko – 30/01/13 – 7 p.]

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Contact

For any question regarding BnF data services
email: coordination-bibliographique@bnf.fr

Warning

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Lists of records are sent in batches which may not exceed 25 records.

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