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.

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.

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.