The Virtual International Authority File is a project from the OCLC Office of Research which brings together authority data from 16 different authority files in 23 libraries worldwide. The web service provides a way to search authority information and retrieve authority records in a variety of formats.
Data for VIAF is updated on a monthly basis.
VIAF is exposed Linked Data.
VIAF is capable of content negotiation for requested URLs. Therefore different the Accept/Header retrieve content in different formats. Below is a table of the Accept/Headers recognized by VIAF, the format of the corresponding response and the corresponding URL for accessing the data without using Accept/Headers.
|Accept Header||Response Format||URL|
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