Support for retrospective reporting

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Since 2010,Abes has received funding from MESRI, its parent ministry, supplemented since 2018 by funding from the Collex-Perse GISThe aim of this ongoing effort is to enhance the value of holdings that have not yet been catalogued on the website. This ongoing effort to complete the reporting of collections is intended to enhance the value of documentary holdings that have not yet been catalogued in Sudoc.

In 2021, the projects of 45 institutions received a grant.

Annual call for projects

For 2022,Abes invites institutions in the network Sudoc to apply for support for retrospective reporting operations by completing this form:

In order to facilitate the preparation of responses, the comprehensive questionnaire is available.

Applications must be submitted by 17 December 2021.

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Accompanying retrospective reporting operations

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

  • Methodological Guide : normative tool for the production in the Sudoc - current or retrospective character
  • Quality control support records produced as part of a retrospective reporting in theSudoc : WinIBW command 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 markets (2001-2004; 2005-2009), piloted and funded by the MESR, have enabled the retrospective conversion of almost 1.8 million records.

In 2011, a study, entrusted to Bureau van Dijk Information Management (a consultancy and services company specialising in information management), will draw up a detailed assessment of the retroconversion operations carried out Sudoc since 2000 and make proposals for the Abes.

In June 2012, the Scientific Council of the Abes recommendationsThe Commission is currently working on a number of issues, in particular the selection criteria for projects co-financed by the European UnionAbes, which determine the thrust of the policy on retrospective reporting in the Sudoc. These recommendations were validated by the Board of Directors of the Abes.