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A range of web services to enhance data interoperability

In order to strengthen data interoperability and optimise their reuse by the information systems of ESR institutions,Abes provides library professionals and ESR IT developers with a range of technical solutions and web services. 

BACON, national knowledge base


Web services BACON

  • list returns the list of available bouquets
  • package2kbart returns the list of titles of a package
  • id2kbart allows to know to which bundle(s) a document belongs according to its identifier

more information : see the documentation

Exposure of BACON data

more information: see the terms of re-use

Calamescatalogue of archives and manuscripts


Web services Calames

more information : see the documentation

Data Exposure Calames

more information: see the terms of re-use

IdRefESR identifiers and reference frameworks


Web services: RCR and ISIL library identifiers

Please note:Abes is the national agency for the allocation of the ISIL, the international identifier for libraries

  • Iln2rcr returns the list of RCRNs using the same Library Management System (ILN)
  • rcr2iln: returns the matching ILNs associated with a list of RCRs
  • listisil : establishes the list of establishments Sudoc with an ISIL number. The file includes: ISIL number / ISIL number of attachment / short title / PPN number of the notice
  • listrcr : establishes the correspondences between the RCR numbers and the titles of the establishments Sudoc / Sudoc PS. The file contains: RCR No / LIN No. / short title / PPN No. of the record

Web services IdRef

Web services IdRef allow the retrieval of data on a per unit basis. They can be combined with each other to build complex services. Some of them are essential to manage updates and to guarantee the synchronisation of a third-party database with IdRef.

  • biblio returns the list of bibliographic resources Sudoc linked to an authority record
  • idref2id : provides the identifiers of about ten other systems (to be specified in the request) from an identifier IdRef
  • id2idref provides an identifier IdRef from identifiers of other systems (to be specified in the request)
  • iln2Td3 returns the list of current Hammer (Td3) proposals in each ILN
  • merged returns the identifier of a valid record from the identifier of a record that has become obsolete following merging
  • reverse merged indicates the identifier of a record that has become obsolete from the identifier of a valid record, following a merger
  • references : returns the list of the bibliographical resources indicated in various data sources (HAL, Perseus...) and related to an authority record IdRef

more information : see the documentation

SolR API: query IdRef

IdRef is based on a SolR search engine whose indexes are searchable via API. Thus, the data IdRef can be searched and retrieved in a transparent manner, including from a third-party interface.

more information : see the documentation

Integrate IdRef into a third-party application

Initially developed to allow interactions with the STAR and Calames applications, IdRef can communicate with any other website and be called from a third party application. The JavaScript code for this interconnection is freely retrievable.

more information: consult the documentation

Reuse of authority data IdRef

more information: see the terms of re-use 

SudocESR Library Catalogue


Web services Sudoc

Note: the list of web services Sudoc is available from a dynamic file (directory.xls) updated in real time.

  • biblio returns the list of bibliographic resources Sudoc linked to an authority record
  • bibliocontrol From the RCR that created the record, returns a list of created PPNs with an anomaly as a file
  • frbn2ppn / ocn2ppn / dnb2ppn / ucatb2ppn / frcairninfo2ppn Return a record identifier Sudoc (n°PPN) from a record identifier from another database
  • isbn2ppn / ean2ppn / issn2ppn Return record identifiers Sudoc (PPN) from standard identifiers (ISBN, EAN, ISSN)
  • merged returns the identifier of a valid record from the identifier of an obsolete record following a record merge
  • metarevues Generates the complete history of a journal - print and/or electronic - from a record identifier Sudoc (PPN) 
  • multiwhere lists the libraries in the network Sudoc that have the same document
  • nnt2ppn returns a record identifier Sudoc (n°PPN) from the National Thesis Number (NNT)
  • ppn2nnt returns the National Thesis Number (NNT) from a record identifier Sudoc (n°PPN)
  • unimarc2marcxml from their PPN, the records Sudoc in UNIMARC are returned in MarcXML format
  • marcXml2tei From its PPN number, a record of a thesis or academic work (excluding doctoral theses) is returned in xml-tei format
  • ppn2epn returns the copy number (EPN) linked to a RCR from one or more PPNs

more information: consult the documentation

Data Exposure Sudoc

more information: see the terms of re-use

WorldCat API

WorldCat APIs enable library catalogues to be enhanced with Worldcat data and features. Use of the WorldCat APIs is restricted to subscribing institutions .

To apply, school directors Sudoc are invited to submit a simple application to OCLC.

  • For more information: see the WordCat website / " Web services for developers"section

theses.fr / STAR / STEP : metadata of PhD theses


Importing data

  • SOAP web service and/or mail service used for STEP / STAR imports

more information: consult the documentation

Query theses.co.uk

The SolR API for querying theses.fr enables data to be identified and retrieved in a transparent manner, including from a third-party interface. To find out more about the SolR API

Reuse of metadata from theses (defended and in preparation)