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.

The University’s Institutional Repository is maintained by La Trobe University Library.  Records from the repository were extracted for loading to ISNI’s database.   ISNI’s database is not yet 3 years old but includes authoritative data for 18 million persons and organisations of which 8 million have assigned ISNIs with 15.4 million links established.   99 independent sources contribute to the database from libraries, cultural organisations, research funding organisations, encyclopaedias, rights management societies, professional societies and trade associations.  The general public are also invited to input and their contributions are vetted by the ISNI Quality Team at the British Library and Bibliothèque nationale de France.  10% of the database represents researchers and 1.8 million links have been generated among the sources for these researchers.

3,553 records for La Trobe University researchers were loaded and ISNIs were assigned for just under half of them with 3,580 links being established, the majority with ISNI’s twelve research sources but also including important links with library resources and forty-four Wikipedia links.  The records that were not assigned ISNIs are being progressively enriched via the ISNI system to ensure disambiguation and subsequent ISNI assignment. 

Geoff Payne, Associate University Librarian Infrastructure Services comments:

“Participation in ISNI enables La Trobe’s researchers to be positioned internationally through the links that are generated with ISNI’s authoritative data and linked data architecture.  Moreover as ISNI collects and loads data from additional sources, the numbers of links augments.  ISNI’s system has effectively matched our data with that from independent sources and has cut in half the work needed for us to establish our researcher identities and link them with their publications and other institutions with which they have been previously affiliated.  La Trobe is participating along with 81 other libraries internationally to create a global authoritative resource.” 

About ISNI  (

The  International Standard Name Identifier  (ISNI) is the ISO certified global standard number for identifying the millions of contributors to creative works and those active in their distribution, including researchers, inventors, writers, artists, visual creators, performers, producers, publishers, aggregators, and more. It is part of a family of international standard identifiers that includes identifiers of works, recordings, products and right holders in all repertoires including DOI, ISAN, ISBN, ISRC, ISSN, ISTC, and ISWC.

The mission of the ISNI International Authority (ISNI-IA) ( is to assign to the public name of a researcher, inventor, writer, artist, performer, publisher, etc. a persistent unique identifying number in order to resolve the problem of name ambiguity in search and discovery; and diffuse each assigned ISNI across all repertoires in the global supply chain so that every published work can be unambiguously attributed to its creator wherever that work is described.

By achieving these goals the ISNI will act as a bridge identifier across multiple domains and is a critical component in Linked Data and Semantic Web applications. The dedicated ISNI Quality Team (consisting of members of the British Library and Bibliothèque nationale de France) responds to errors reports from Data Contributors and from public contributions.

About La Trobe University 

 La Trobe University was officially opened in 1967 as Victoria’s third university. It has since expanded to become one of Australia’s leading higher education institutes. Rated among the world’s top 100 modern universities (Times Higher Education 2014 ranking of universities under 50 years old), La Trobe has close to 34,000 students and employs about 1,600 academic staff. 

The University has an excellent reputation for innovative teaching and a wide range of research. In biochemistry and cell biology it is considered to be Australia’s best (2010 ERA rankings).  La Trobe is also ranked 38 in the world for history, archaeology and classical studies, as well as in the top 100 for communication, media studies, linguistics and sociology. Many of its academics and authors are strong voices in public debate and education about current affairs, history and culture.

The main Melbourne campus houses AgriBio, a $288 million world-class facility for agricultural biosciences research and development. A new $100million Institute for Molecular Science (LIMS) positions the University as an international research leader in molecular science and biotechnology.

La Trobe became the first university in Australia to offer free promotional courses on Apple’s iTunes U, joining an impressive group that includes Oxford, Stanford and Yale universities. To date, it has attracted 100,000 subscribers and had more than 2.3 million downloads of lectures and materials.


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.