Call for Working Group Volunteers

An ISNI-VIAF webinar was held on 19 October 2017 and was a follow up with participants from the Summit on ISNI and VIAF which was hosted at the British Library in February 2017. Attendees were drawn from the members of the Conference of European Librarians and the Program for Cooperative Cataloging. 

This webinar provided updates on:

  • Developments with ISNI and VIAF,
  • Specific library implementations of ISNI, and
  • Proposals for new working groups to develop collaboration between VIAF and ISNI users

We need your helpWe are looking for working group collaborators who have experience working with either VIAF or ISNI and are interested in helping to shape the future of these platforms. If you are interested in participating, please review the descriptions below and fill out the associated request form by 30 November.

The ISNI and VIAF Interoperation Working Group will:

  • Define use cases and workflows for National Libraries
  • Recommend when and how to use each
  • Recommend new attributes for broader functionality
  • Define and compare authority control and ID management
  • Define improvements/needs/tools, and
  • Propose future financial models.   

Preliminary recommendations from this group are due by April 2018 and final recommendations are due by June 2018.

Request to join the ISNI and VIAF Interoperation Working Group form

The Practitioner & Policy Working Group will:

  • Develop best practice processes
  • Develop recommendations on policies (such as metadata, pseudonyms, etc.)
  • Document shared experiences with library implementations
  • Include a VIAF liaison

Request to join the Practitioner & Policy Working Group form

The Communications Group on Library Implementations will:

  • Document libraries’ roles in working cross-domain with ISNI
  • Will encourage and develop advocacy among and from libraries
  • Include a liaison to the ISNI IA

Request to join the Communications Group on Library Implementations Group form



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.

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