La Documentation Française

La Documentation Française
The official French public administration publisher and data bank

La Documentation française (DF) is a public service coordinated by the French government operating since 1945 with interministerial publishing and databank tasks for all public affairs topics. Having started with digitalization in the 70s, the DF website is now able to provide a huge amount of offical records, as well as publications, journal, reports and updated dossiers on the main French and international themes on politics, economics, administration, society and culture. The online catalogue consists till now in more than 10,000 records since 1993. Photo and map archives are also present and accessible for free. The website presents all DF publications, its activities and services, as well as those of related institutions and websites. An entire section is devoted to the public reports (7,500 among public institutions, authorities, courts, administrations dossiers) fully retrievable for free in pdf format by all users. All website sections are freely accessible and well organized so that material location is quite simple. Records and materials are fully and freely available according to their nature and topic, i.e. all dossiers, maps, multimedia interviews, and international notes. Others – mostly books and journals – are instead available only by purchase or subscription. The language used for the website as well as for all material is French.

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