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.

Member Story: La Trobe University


The library at La Trobe University recently took over responsibility for gathering data on annual research outputs for reporting to the Australian government, which impacts federal funding and supports the country's benchmarking efforts. "It's in our interest," explained Geoff Payne, Deputy Director Strategy and Planning, "to make sure that we can maximize the compliance within those reporting requirements without compromising the productivity of individual researchers."

ISNI In the Music Industry

From ISNI board member Paul Jessop:

Checking the release dates, it must have been in 1974 that I first heard Killer Queen on the radio while on the way to school. I was amazed at the guitar sounds and that started a life long interest in music technology.

Peak Global Researcher Identifier Group welcomes La Trobe University as a member and Data Contributor


The International Standard Name Identifier  – International Agency (ISNI-IA or ISNI) is very pleased to announce that La Trobe University has become a member of ISNI.

Why a Collective Management Organization needs ISNI – a case study

By David Grundy, Information Analyst, Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society - 2014-07-18
The Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS) is a not-for-profit organization, run by writers, for writers.
Its 70,000 members include novelists, screenwriters, academic authors, and poets. Individually, these writers have no way of tracking the numerous ways that their work is used - and the way that these uses are legally permitted and controlled – in many jurisdictions around the world.

BnF: First National Library In the World to Become an ISNI Registration Agency


The National Library of France becomes ISNI Registration Agency: for a persistent identification of persons and organizations

 In January 2014 the BnF was appointed as ISNI Registration Agency by the ISNI- International Agency. The BnF is the first national library in the world to make such a commitment.

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.