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Projects and international cooperation


VIAF (Virtual International Authority File) is a joint project initiated between the OCLC, Library of Congress, Deutsche Nationalbibliothek and the Bibliothèque nationale de France to explore the possibility of virtually combining their authority records to form a single authority database and make it freely available on the web.

By grouping the respective coinciding authority records into a single VIAF, the aim is to enable users to search the databases using their preferred language by employing interrelated authority files.

VIAF has almost 10 million records of people, although work is ongoing to include other types, except subjects.

There are currently 19 institutions involved in the project, in the main national libraries. The Biblioteca Nacional de España has been part of this project since July 2009.