The Catalogue général des manuscrits des bibliothèques publiques de France: the retrospective conversion

The Direction du livre et de la lecture has undertaken since 2001 the computerisation of the Catalogue général des manuscrits des bibliothèques publiques de France. The year 2003 has seen the achievement of an XML prototype available for consultation on the Internet; it conforms to the DTD-EAD format, developed in the United States and now used by numerous libraries and archival services across the Atlantic for making their catalogues and inventories available on-line. Full-scale operation can now begin on work in the medium term on the creation of a Catalogue collectif français de manuscrits, permitting the correction of old catalogues as well as the keyboarding of new information.