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Metadata Standards

Standards Development - The British Library contributes to the development of national and international standards, including RDA and the MARC21 format, and contributes to EC initiatives and other research projects. Although the Library no longer supports nor develops the UKMARC format, the complete UKMARC Manual and the UKMARC Exchange Record Format are available online to assist those libraries still using the format.

The National Bibliography - The National Bibliography is a record of the nation's publishing output. It is a resource for scholarship and information retrieval, and aids libraries and book buyers in the selection, acquisition and cataloguing of UK and Irish publications.

Free Data Services - The British Library provides bibliographic data via its free Z39.50 service.

International Standard Serial Number - The British Library is the UK national centre for ISSN.

UK National Agency for MARC Organisation Codes - The British Library assigns MARC organization codes to institutions in the United Kingdom, Crown Dependencies and Overseas Territories.

UK National Agency for the ISIL - The British Library assigns International Standard Identifiers for Libraries and related organizations to institutions in the UK, Crown Dependencies and Overseas Territories.


For further information please contact:

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

Email: metadata@bl.uk