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Sample Data

The sample data available on this page represents work in progress, about which the British Library is seeking feedback.

To download datasets and sample data in formats we currently support, visit our downloads page. Further information is provided on our Free data services page.


The British Library is currently examining options for making the British National Bibliography available in JSON. Below are two sample files.

Sample 1 [1.40 MB ZIP Format] preserves the namespace prefixes; Sample 2 [1.09 MB ZIP Format] does not.

Please let us know what you think by emailing

Journal articles in Basic RDF/XML

The British Library is currently examining options for making subject specific journal article metadata available for projects. The files below provide samples of basic RDF/XML of journal article metadata covering Palaeontology and Crystallography for feedback. Data is described using properties from the following vocabularies:
Dublin Core
RDF Schema
Bibliographic Ontology
and the preliminary version of RDA

Those datasets are also available from the Data Hub and via FTP. Please forward your comments to

[palaeontology_articles] [4.13 MB ZIP Format]
[Version 0.1, 13 December 2011]

[crystallography_articles] [10.8 MB ZIP Format]
[Version 0.1, 18 May 2012]


For further information please contact:

The British Library
Collection Metadata
Boston Spa, Wetherby
West Yorkshire
LS23 7BQ
United Kingdom



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