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.

ISNI and ORCID sign Memo of Understanding


Signed in January 2014, this MOU between ISNI and ORCID specifies that the two organisations will dialogue further on technical interoperability, as well as coordinating external communications.
ORCID and ISNI: Strategic Partner MOU
Persistent identifiers for researchers and scholars are essential for supporting the connection between researchers and their contributions, improving discoverability, and ensuring interoperability between research systems.

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. 

Two National Libraries Become Members of ISNI

The National Library of Finland and the National Library of New Zealand have become members of the ISNI-International Agency (ISNI-IA).   The ISNI-IA maintains the ISNI ISO Standard (ISO 27729) and reference database.  Members have access to the full ISNI database that includes 17.6 million records, of which 6.9 million represent assigned ISNIs that are made available publically via  The database is a rich cross domain resource, including data from 25 sources from rights management societies, professional societies,

ORCID to begin using Ringgold as Registration Agency

ORCID is to begin using Ringgold as Registration Agency for ISNI Institutional Identifiers to support the accurate and persistent identification of researcher institutional affiliations.

ISNI submits response to Notice of Inquiry issued by the US Copyright Office, May 2013

The ISNI International Agency recently submitted this response to the Notice of Inquiry issued by the US Copyright Office on March 22, 2013 concerning technological upgrades to registration and recordation functions.

ISNI and ORCID Issue Joint Statement on Interoperation, April 2013

ISNI and ORCID agree on need to work together on interoperation through linking

New International Identifier Connects the Right Person with the Right Credentials

Global standards group asks "What's in a name?"

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.