Support for retrospective reporting

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Since 2010,Abes has received funding from the MESR, its supervisory ministry, supplemented since 2018 by funding from the GIS Collex-Persée, to support institutions in their retrospective collection reporting projects. The aim of this ongoing effort to complete the reporting of collections is to enhance the value of documentary holdings that have not yet been catalogued on Sudoc.

Annual call for projects

For 2024,Abes invites establishments in the Sudoc network to submit their grant applications for support for retrospective reporting operations, by completing this form:

To facilitate the preparation of responses, the complete questionnaire is available.

Applications must be submitted no later than December 15, 2023.

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Accompanying retrospective reporting operations

As a national operator,Abes provides methodological, technical and library assistance to any member institution of the Sudoc network engaged in retrospective reporting operations, whether or not these are co-financed byAbes.

  • Methodology Guide: a normative tool for production in the Sudoc - current or retrospective
  • Support for quality control of records produced as part of a retrospective report in Sudoc : WinIBW order lists and displays to ensure quality control



Since the early 1990s, the retrospective conversion of university library catalogues has been the subject of an ongoing programme by the various ministries of higher education and research. Within this framework, two national contracts (2001-2004; 2005-2009), managed and financed by the MESR, have enabled the retrospective conversion of nearly 1.8 million records.

In 2011, a study by Bureau van Dijk Information Management (a consultancy and services company specialising in information management) drew up a detailed assessment of the reverse conversion operations carried out in Sudoc since 2000 and formulated proposals for theAbes action programme.

In June 2012, the Scientific Council of theAbes established recommendations, in particular concerning selection criteria for projects co-funded by theAbes, which determine the axes of the retrospective reporting policy in the Sudoc. These recommendations have been validated by the Board of Directors ofAbes.