Number of Assigned ISNIs Now Over 7 Million


The ISNI database started in November 2011 with ISNIs assigned to 1 million identities.  Two years later, this number has grown to 7 million. 

The database serves as a freely re-usable, international cross domain identifier linking databases from professional societies, trade databases, rights management societies, national research databases, encyclopaedias, cultural institutions and more than 40 major national and research libraries.  In total there are 65 sources represented in the database. 

Authors of works held by libraries are predominant but researchers account for more than 10% of the database (>700,000) and 1.38 million links have been generated among the sources for these researchers.  480,000 organisations are included in the 7 million.  There are 280,000 ISNIs assigned for musicians with 415,000 generated links and 125,000 for rights holders with 300,000 links. 

The database will continue to grow steadily in 2014 as national focus projects in Switzerland, Finland, France and Australia take shape and as closer interoperation is forged with the Virtual International Authority File (VIAF) and ORCID.

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.