Building a National Bibliography: Models From Around the World

30 April 2024

2:00 - 3:30 pm CEST (GMT/UTC +2)

Online (ZOOM) – free attendance

The webinar is the first in our virtual event series “Topics in National Bibliographies” Track 1: Inside National Bibliographic Agencies.

It aims at delving into the frameworks and foundations of establishing and operating a national bibliography, drawing inspiration from established and successful models around the world and permitting to navigate diverse landscapes and settings.


  • The French national Bibliography: A 213 Years Old Newborn. Mathilde Koskas, French National Library
  • The Philippine National Bibliography (PNB): A Comprehensive Review of Historical Context, Key Figures, Impact and Future Developments, Jennifer B. Dimasaca and Marbilyn M. Egido, National Library of Philippines
  • Structuring a National Bibliography. The series of the Deutsche Nationalbibliografie: Historical Genesis, Current Status and Future Plans, Florian Betz and Katharina Schöneborn, National German Library
  • Current Brazilian Bibliography in the Digital Era, Eduardo da Silva Alentejo, Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro, and Gabriel Pereira Alves, Brazilian Bibliographic Society

Know more and registerHERE

To stay updated about the Bibliography Section work and activities: MAILING LIST


Share Family Bulletin

The latest issue of the Share Family Bulletin 8 (December 2023) is available HERE

In this Bulletin, we examine the achievements and challenges within the Share Family initiative during the past year.

This report serves as a comprehensive reflection on the accomplishments of 2023, while also offering insights into the exciting goals we’ve set for the upcoming year.

It provides a glimpse into both the highlights of the past and our shared vision for the future within the Share Family community.

HERE the PDF version


LILLIT portal presentation

November 14, 3:30 p.m.

Central Institute for the Unique Catalogue - ICCU

To follow the presentation remotely: Link Microsoft Teams

LILLIT is the portal of printed editions produced between the 16th and 17th centuries that contain illustrations or engravings important from the point of view of book illustration, integrated with an information system responsible for enriching the data and transforming them into Linked Open Data.

Equipped with a simple and intuitive navigation interface, based on BIBFRAME - Bibliographic Framework Initiative, it allows users to consult descriptive data of Italian editions printed between 1501 and 1800 and to obtain information on engraving techniques, names of engravers, designers, creators, and to view digital copies.

The portal was developed by @CULT as part of a research project funded by Sapienza University of Rome, with the collaboration of the Central Institute for the Single Catalogue and the Central Institute for Graphics.


AIB National Conference

Nov. 17 / National Central Library of Florence

11:15 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. - Sala Galileo

As part of the Panel "Technology and Information Research in the Library. New Perspectives"

Tiziana Possemato (@CULT/CASALINI Libri) will give the talk:

What Artificial Intelligence does and what it will do in bibliographic data publication processes of the Share initiative


Charleston Conference

The Share Family linked data ecosystem is developed and driven by libraries and cultural heritage institutions, in an international collaborative effort.

The Share Family supports the library community, including individual libraries and consortia, through the transition from bibliographic data in traditional formats to linked open data, leveraging the cooperation to put linked data workflows into practice.

Thursday, November 30th / 11:15 AM – 11:55 AM

Share-VDE and beyond – Cooperation and innovation to bring Linked Open Data into practice

(Event by Jim Hahn - Head of Metadata Research, University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Tiziana Possemato - @CULT/CASALINI Libri, Sebastian Hammer - Index Data President, Nina Servizzi - NYU Libraries)

This presentation conveys how this initiative is guided by member organisations that define vision, aims and progress of its tools and output, through the joint effort of working groups dedicated to specific topics informing the technical developments and the benefits that the Share Family / LOD Platform technology provides.


SWIB23 - Semantic Web in Libraries

11-13 September 2023

Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz

Haus Potsdamer Straße, Potsdamer Str. 33 - Berlin

Tuesday, 2023-09-12

@Cult/Casalini Libri in collaboration with Jim Hahn, Head of Metadata Research at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries, will present:

Development of the Share-VDE ontology: goals, principles, and process

Share-VDE (SVDE) is a library-driven initiative which brings together the bibliographic catalogues and authority files of a community of libraries in a shared discovery environment based on the linked data ontology BIBFRAME.

The presentation describes the design process of the SVDE ontology, developed as an extension of BIBFRAME, with the criterion of reusing existing vocabularies where possible to reduce its complexity.


British National Bibliography part of the Share Family!

"The Share Family has supported us through the transition from our traditional MARC data to linked open data. We provided a full copy of the British National Bibliography to the Share team for identification and clustering of entities, e.g. works, publications, persons. Working with colleagues from other institutions on Share-VDE working groups we contribute to the development of the underlying data structures and the presentation of data. This collaborative approach has enabled delivery of the British National Bibliography as the first institutional tenant of the Share Family National Bibliographies Portal".

British National Bibliography (Beta) service


7th BIBFRAME Workshop in Europe!

The aim of the Workshop is to be a forum for sharing knowledge about the practice of, production with, and planning of BIBFRAME implementation, with a focus on the transition from MARC to Linked Data.

The 7th edition will take place at the Royal Library of Belgium (KBR), but the event is in hybrid mode (participation is free of charge, but registration is required).

Tuesday, September 19

@CULT and CASALINI Libri will present: “Share-VDE and the Share Family - Advancements towards production” to illustrate the progress of this community-led initiative of participating libraries, including:

  • an overview of Share-VDE and Share Family background;
  • a focus on the progress of the working groups that inform the benefits that the common Share Family LOD Platform technology supports, to the advantage of the Share Family community and for interoperability opportunities with third parties including ILS/LSP organizations and linked data networks;
  • the demo of JCricket, the tool for entity management and a dedicated editor for linked data editing enabling entity sharing.

On the event's webpage you can find the program and the registration form:

If you have not yet registered to the BFWE mailing list:


WOLFcon 2023!

WOLFcon, the annual conference of the Open Library Foundation, is open to anyone who wants to learn more about the Foundation and the open source communities that are a part of it.

In addition to working meetings, there will be general sessions at the conference that will focus on high level information about the communities and on topics related to open source software in general.

Thursday, August 24, 1:30pm – 3:00pm, we will present:

FOLIO meets Share-VDE: collaborative entity management workflows

In this talk, we present and discuss a proposal for implementing the integration between Share-VDE and FOLIO: specifically, we will use the JCricket API to build a FOLIO application that provides entity editing capabilities.

We will describe the idea, the benefits, and the challenges of such a collaboration between two crucial systems in the bibliographic ecosystem, and how this work might relate to other efforts to make shared entity management a reality in libraries.

More details HERE


Share-VDE Workshop | ALA Conference 2023 | ZOOM Link

For those who can join the session in presence, the Zoom link to register for the webinar is:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

The session will be recorded.


Talking Linked Data at ALA

The Share-VDE Workshop, scheduled for the morning of Monday 26th June, will provide an overview of the Share Family and Virtual Discovery Environment, discussing the advantages of a collaborative approach to linked data and knowledge sharing - showcasing recent advancements in infrastructure, interoperability and tools - and presenting progress reports from its working groups, members of the Share Family who play an active and collaborative role in defining the direction of developments through a constant exchange of ideas and principles that benefit the entire Share community.

We are also delighted to participate as contributors at the Library of Congress BIBFRAME Update, due to take place at 1pm (ET) on Monday 26th June.

Tiziana Possemato will address the meeting on the benefits of adopting the BIBFRAME-based entity environment from different perspectives, as she discusses Catering for consortia in the BIBFRAME environment: case histories from the Share Family.

View details in the conference programme


The Roman Union of Ecclesiastical Libraries (URBE) and @CULT announce the release of PARSIFAL

Rome, May 11 2023, at 3 p.m.

Auditorium Giovanni Paolo II

Pontificia Università Urbaniana

PARSIFAL is a system for the management of linked data and an entity discovery platform to facilitate the exchange and interoperability of bibliographic data, increasing visibility and accessibility.
PARSIFAL, whose name symbolically refers to the central figure of the Grail myth, stems from the awareness of the Rectors of the Roman Pontifical Universities to equip the libraries of their institutions with a highly innovative search engine.
The portal, as a single access point to the resources - to date 2.8 million bibliographic records with weekly updates - brings together the bibliographic data and authority entries of the 17 libraries participating in the project.

Moderated by Dott.ssa Agnese Galeffi of Università Sapienza - Rome, the presentation of theproject will include contributions from:

  • Cardinal José Tolentino de Mendonça, Prefect of the Dicastery for Culture and Education
  • Don Mauro Prof. Mantovani, Prefect of the Vatican Apostolic Library
  • Don Luis prof. Navarro, President of CRUIPRO (Conference of Rectors of Roman PontificalUniversities and Institutions)
  • P. Leonardo prof. Sileo, President of the Roman Union of Ecclesiastical Libraries (URBE)
  • Prof. Carlo Bianchini, Università di Pavia
  • Dott.ssa Tiziana Possemato, @CULT
  • Dott. Stefano Bargioni, Università della Santa Croce
  • P. Silano Danieli, Director of the Governing Council of URBE
  • Dott. Michele Casalini, CEO of the Casalini libri S.p.A. Group

Institutions participating in the PARSIFAL project:

  • Pontificia Università Gregoriana
  • Pontificia Università Lateranense
  • Pontificia Università Urbaniana
  • Pontificia Università San Tommaso
  • Università Pontificia Salesiana
  • Pontificia Università della Santa Croce
  • Pontificia Università Antonianum
  • Pontificio Ateneo Anselmianum
  • Pontificio Istituto Biblico
  • Pontificio Istituto Orientale
  • Istituto Patristico Augustinianum
  • Pontificia Facoltà Teologica Marianum
  • Pontificia Facoltà di Scienze dell’Educazione Auxilium
  • Pontificio Istituto Giovanni Paolo II
  • Pontificia Accademia Alfonsiana
  • Pontificia Facoltà Teologica Teresianum
  • Centro Pro Unione | |

Press release

SHeriL - Samnium Heritage Innovation Lab

The project, which sees the University of Sannio in the role of leader, is supported by a broad and highly qualified partnership composed of public governance bodies of the territory, public bodies operating in the culture sector, Universities and companies operating in the Internet of Things sector, ICT technologies and in the monitoring and diagnostics sector and restoration.

The Center will use a multidisciplinary approach, which provides for a close interconnection between technical-scientific disciplines and humanities, to develop knowledge, skills, models and operational practices related to what technology, artificial intelligence and digital services can provide to cultural heritage.

Qualified partnership

  • Provincia e Comune di Benevento
  • Direzione Regionale dei Musei Campania
  • Soprintendenza Archeologia, Belle Arti e Paesaggio Caserta-Benevento
  • Università degli Studi di Napoli “Federico II”
  • Università degli Studi di Napoli “L’Orientale”
  • Università degli Studi di Salerno
  • Università Suor Orsola Benincasa
  • Università degli Studi di Napoli “Parthenope”
  • Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli
  • Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte
  • Conservatorio di Musica di Benevento “Nicola Sala”
  • Conservatorio di Musica di Avellino “Cimarosa”
  • Parco Regionale del Taburno Camposauro
  • @Cult
  • DigiSky
  • FOS
  • Heritage
  • Innovaway
  • Mare Engineering – SpinVector
  • Minerva
  • R4I
  • TecnoBios

More details


Fiesole Retreat

The Fiesole Collection Development Retreat Series was established on the basis of a shared idea and desire to foster and stimulate dialogue and collaboration within the scholarly publishing sector.

The conference will take place at the Odelya Conference Centre and Hotel, in inner-city Basel, near the Botanical Garden and the University.

Tuesday, May 2

Tiziana Possemato will present: “Linking entities for connecting content – Facilities of LoD Structures”, a speech to present the Share Family initiative that enables institutions to leverage the benefits of connected open data and extend data-driven services.

Info & Programme


Stelline Conference 2023

At the Stelline Conference 2023, Stelline Foundation – Milan, @CULT and CASALINI Libri will present:

March 31th, 2023 | STANZA CAVALIERE (First floor) | 2:00 p.m. / 5:00 p.m.

Share-VDE and the Share Family – an ecosystem based on community cooperation for the management of linked data platforms

This session will present the latest innovations of Share-VDE 2.0 and the Share Family, a system for the management of linked data and an entity discovery platform to facilitate the exchange and interoperability of bibliographic data.

Resulting from the cooperation and valuable contributions of the international library community, this initiative demonstrates the significant benefits of library collaboration for a flexible, sustainable and cooperative approach to data management within the emerging bibliographic ecosystem.


2:00 p.m. / 3:30 p.m.: Presentation of Share-VDE and the Share Family

3:30 p.m. / 5:00 p.m.: Open Conversation

Speakers are available for further details on the topics covered and to provide more information to interested participants


Michele Casalini (Chief Executive Officer of Casalini Libri), Tiziana Possemato (Partner and Director of @Cult and Chief Information Officer of Casalini Libri), Anna Lionetti (R&D Assistant for Casalini Libri), Alessandra Moi (@Cult, Metadata Analyst Librarian)

CASALINI Libri and @CULT will also be present as exhibitors at the stand on the ground floor, location A35

Bibliostar map 2023.pdf

Look beyond - Subject indexing of non-book resources

06 February 2023

Rome, Aula Odeion, Sapienza University of Rome

09:00 / 18:00

International conference organised by AIB CILW / ISKO Italy, with national and international experts in the field, dedicated to subject indexing and classifications.
Among the experiences and projects of the morning session of the conference Tiziana Possemato (Share Family community) will present: "Strings and their semantics: the treatment of subjects in entity modelling processes".

For more info or to register: Look beyond