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2nd international ISNI Summit for Libraries: a report

The 2nd international ISNI Summit for Libraries was held on 26th-27th June 2019 at the Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF).

Organized by the BnF and the British Library, the Summit attracted 36 participants, including representatives from 17 national and research libraries as well as representatives from the ISNI International Agency and OCLC.

Booker meets ISNI (again)

The Booker Prize longlist has been announced on 24th July 2019. The shortlist will be announced on 3rd September, and the winner on 14th October. Here are the authors and their ISNIs:

ISNI meets Booker: nominated authors and their ISNIs

The 2019 Man Booker International Prize has revealed the long list of 13 novels that are the contenders this year. The shortlist of six was announced on 9 April and the winner will be announced on 21 May. Here is the list of nominated authors and publishers with their ISNIs:

YouTube Knows Who You Are - A CCC podcast with Tim Devenport

YouTube’s decision in early 2018 to become an ISNI Registration Agency has caused great interest in the music sector and beyond.  In this podcast with Copyright Clearance Center’s Chris Kenneally, ISNI-IA Executive Director Tim Devenport explores the rationale behind this move and the challenges and opportunities that it presents.

YouTube Adopts ISNI ID for Artists & Songwriters

ISNI standard will help identify music artists, composers, performers, and more who contribute works to the YouTube platform

London, UK, 22 January 2018 - YouTube is now a Registration Agency for the International Standard Name Identifier (ISNI), the ISO certified global standard number for identifying millions of contributors to creative works and those active in their distribution.

ISNI Organizations Registry - Identifying Organizations in the Scholarly Supply Chain

28th August 2017, London, UK.

The ISNI International Agency Ltd (ISNI-IA) today announces changes to its infrastructure focused on providing open identifiers for organizations working in the field of scholarly communications. The ISNI Organizations Registry will enable organizations to change and correct their own records and allow the research community to identify author affiliations persistently and authoritatively, thereby supporting analysis of research output and impact.

ISNI-VIAF Summit 2017

On behalf of the Conference of European National Librarians (CENL), the British Library and the Bibliothèque nationale de France convened a meeting of ISNI member institutions and registration authorities together with prospective members of ISNI and OCLC on 7th-8th February at the British Library in London. In total, there were thirty-three attendees from across Europe and the United States. The purpose of the summit was to explore the future development and interoperability of ISNI and VIAF through OCLC's services and platforms.

ISNIs now in EThOS


EThOS is the UK’s national thesis service which aims to maximise the visibility and availability of the UK’s doctoral research theses. It demonstrates the quality of UK research, and supports the UK Government’s open access principle that publications resulting from publicly-funded research should be made freely available for all researchers, providing opportunities for further research.

Putting the brakes on confusion

By ISNI Board member Paul Jessop - 2015-04-13

When will Socrates be picking up his photocopying royalties?

By ISNI Board member Paul Jessop - 2015-03-17

Well since (a) the Athenian republic was not strong on copyright, (b) Socrates probably had slaves to do his copying by hand rather than a machine from Xerox, (c) scholars do not know what, if anything, Socrates actually wrote, (d) anything he did write is long out of copyright and (e) Socrates is a long time dead, this burning question may not detain us long.

About the ISNI International Agency

ISNI is the globally recognized and adopted standard approved by ISO for the unique identification of the public identities across all fields of creative activity.

Registration Agency

A registration agent provides the interface between ISNI applicants and the ISNI Registration Authority, which is governed by the ISNI board and administered by OCLC.

Search the ISNI Database

Use the lookup tool provided by OCLC to search the ISNI database, to discover which Public Identities have already been assigned ISNIs.