Who are we ?

ABES was created in 1994 to implement Sudo c (Système Universitaire de Documentation or University Documentation System), the union catalogue of France’s higher education libraries. Sudoc opened in 2001 and has proved a resounding success. It covers the collections of 1 419 member libraries along with the 1,793 public or private libraries from the Sudoc-PS network which specialises in referencing serial publications. With over 10 million bibliographic records, 32 million localised documents and 24 million public queries in 2013, it plays a leading role in the French higher education and research information system.

Other catalogues have been gradually added to enhance the resources on offer : in 2007, Calames , online catalogue of manuscripts and archives in French university and research libraries. In 2011 , IdRef , a reference database of Sudoc’s authority records.
Another sector in which ABES has made significant efforts is that of digital theses : since 2007, ABES manages Star application, the national system for referencing, submission and long term preservation, and since 2010, Step (Referencing theses in progress), application which are integrated into theses.fr .
Finally, ABES purchases digital resources for France’s universities and Public Scientific and Technical Research Establishments (EPSTs) using grouped orders and national licences , as part of the ISTEX national project.

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