Title Bibliografia nazionale italiana (BNI) = Italian National Bibliography
Web site address http://www.bncf.firenze.sbn.it/pagina.php?id=187&rigamenu=Presentazione
Start date Began 1958
Period covered Since 1958 onwards
Current size Current size 1.422.000 records (about)
Media covered Printed books: Monographs, Printed music, Periodicals (Series), PhD thesis.
General selection criteria The Italian National Bibliography (BNI) records the nation’s publications and includes selective coverage of printed publications since 1958 in Italy, in accordance with the Italian legal deposit law
Selection criteria for digital resources Now PhD thesis in digital format only: an experimental project of harvesting and cataloguing PhD thesis deposited on line from Universities is going on
Exclusions policies applied BNI is made up of four series . Each of ones applies own specific policies of exclusions. The main series, Monographs, excludes these publications: the material, that for its nature, is generally addressed to special categories of people, or for private or short-lived interests. Also no book material is excluded, except the experimental project for PhD Thesis. Government publications and international organization’s official publications, especially if they are not monographic publications. Laws, legislative decrees, regulations and labour contracts, etc. without commentaries or specified for special reader categories. Publications of political parties, trade unions, Chambers of commerce, cultural and religious associations, and etc., which are not of general interest. Pastoral letters and other official documents of other religious authorities and other minor religious publications. Commercial literature and, usually, re-edition of romances. Grey literature obtained in subscription and/or membership. Reprints, if the relative edition is never described, pre-prints, specimens and similar; gift editions, when they are exact reprints of the relative edition, even if they have a different cover and/or presentation; handbooks and books for the nursery and primary schools. Biographical writings for occasional and devoted events; almanacs and similar, patents, extracts, also if presented in a series. Exhibition catalogues of private galleries, show programs. Publisher catalogues and antiquarian book trade catalogues, without historical and scientific aims. Advertising and book trade catalogues, if they aren’t the only source in a specific domain, for example: stamps, coins and other art object catalogues. Printed music, which is described in two specific semester issues. Duplicated lecture notes for internal use; separately published talks and presentations for particular occasions, cartographic material.
Primary organisation responsible for national bibliographic control A single national central library: since1886, with the publication of the Italian Publishing Bulletin for Copyright Deposit,  the National Central Library of Florence became the National Bibliographic Agency
Web site address of national bibliographic agency
Co-operative structures or  relationships supporting the production of the national bibliography The records for BNI are catalogued in SBN (Servizio Bibliotecario Nazionale: National Librarian Service).
Single integrated or multiple categorised bibliographies BNI is made up of four series: Monographs, Printed music, Periodicals, PhD thesis
Sources of bibliographic metadata used to produce national bibliography Multiple sources: data created in-house and from other libraries in SBN Index, then integrated and validated from NBA
Relationship to national legal deposit legislation or voluntary deposit arrangements All material is received by the NBA under national legal deposit arrangement
Relationship to national Cataloguing in Publication (CIP) programme There isn’t a CIP programme
Media & format options All series are freely available on the Internet
Access options to national bibliographic metadata Web catalogue, OAI-PMH, SRU
Metadata enhancements offered via online services no
Web 2.0 services offered no
Frequency of service updates The main series, Monographs, consists of twelve issues per year. Printed Music and Serials consist of two issues each, PhD thesis one issue.
Target audiences for services Every kind of target audiences
Uses made of  services offered Every kind of use
Pricing policy for national bibliographic services The BNI is freely available
Availability of metadata for re-use The whole BNI metadata are of public domain inside the OPAC of BNCF, but not distinguishable from other records not described for BNI.
Metadata formats UNIMARC
Cataloguing code Regole italiane di catalogazione: REICAT
Levels of description offered ISBD,  description of SUP level in Index SBN
Subject standards DDC: WebDewey(IT); Nuovo soggettario https://thes.bncf.firenze.sbn.it/index.html
Name authority standards UNIMARC/A, GARR
Is NBA affiliated to IFLA SC? Yes it is