Get your ISNI

As an individual you can get your ISNI by applying through a Registration Agency for your unique identifier, which links to professional databases and directories. Your ISNI provides authoritative disambiguation and collocation - distinguishing you from others who might share your name, and bringing together different ways in which your name might be listed (M. B. Smith vs. Michele Smith vs. Michele B. Smith).


Modify & enrich the ISNI database

You can also help us enhance the quality of the ISNI database by freely submitting proposals through the public interface of the ISNI database. Each ISNI record page contains a box labeled “Help us improve this record”. 


Your proposal is considered by the ISNI Quality Team (provided by the Bibliothèque nationale de France and the British Library). You are then notified of the changes made to the database thanks to your contribution.

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.