Reuse Calames data

In accordance with the open data policy pursued byAbes since 2012, the metadata produced by the alert networks managed byAbes are subject to the Open Licence of the State drawn up by the Etalab mission. The retrieval and reuse of the data is free of charge, provided that the date of retrieval and the source are indicated. The "conditions of use" are detailed for each data set.

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Terms and conditions of use

To comply with the Etalab Open License requirements, depending on the recovered formats, you should keep :

  • UNIMARC XML / UNIMARC ISO-2709 / UNIMARC ISO-2709 UTF-8: content of field 810
  • RDFa: content of the element in the Sitemap
  • Dublin Core: content of the field


Data Exposure Calames

The data produced in Calames is structured in EAD format, which makes it difficult to retrieve due to the richness of the hierarchical description and contextualisation of each document set. For this reason, only the high and low level descriptions of the EAD files published in Calames are shown:

  • data published in Calames
  • XML comments 
  • elements with the attribute @audience= "internal" according to the chosen format

Note: the headers of "EAD - element" files are never recoverable.

Available Formats 

  • conversion of data to EAD in UNIMARC-XML / UNIMARC ISO-2709 / UNIMARC ISO-2709 UTF-8 formats. Consult the documentation

Note: reserved for member institutions of the Calames network, this service only concerns the data of the requesting institution.

  • provision of data Calames in Dublin Core and XML/EAD formats . Consult the documentation

Note: EAD encapsulated in XML only renders fragments of EAD files

  • provision of metadata Calames inRDFa format : RDF extraction from HTML pages

OAI-PMH Harvesting

AsCalames does not have a real OAI-PMH warehouse, results are generated "on the fly" from queries built on the root:

The data Calames can be harvested via the OAI-PMH protocol:

  • each finding aid can be retrieved as an XML/EAD file
  • descriptive levels in finding aids can be exported in Dublin Core format

Sitemap Calames

The SiteMap of the Calames catalogue conforms to the SiteMap schema available at : 

Examples of reuse

  • SHS Isidore portal: retrieving data in RDFa via the Sitemap of Calames
  • CERL portal: data retrieval via the OAI-PMH server of Calames  
  • portal of the Contemporary: data recovery via the OAI-PMH server Calames  
  • digital library of the Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle: MARC exports of data identifying the archival and iconographic collections digitised by the MNHN

Web services


The data ecosystem Calames

View the presentation: What has become of our data? Data beyond theAbes information system (Journées Abes 2022)