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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. As ISO 27729, it is part of a family of international standard identifiers that includes identifiers of works, recordings, products and right holders in all repertoires, e.g. DOI, ISAN, ISBN, ISRC, ISSN, and ISWC.

The mission of the ISNI International Agency (ISNI-IA) is to assign to the public name(s) 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 become a critical component in Linked Data and Semantic Web applications.


12.22 million 

ISNI holds public records of more than 12 million identities

11.10 million 

ISNI holds public records of over 11.10 million individuals (of which 2.93 million are researchers) 

1.11 million

ISNI holds public records of 1,119,480 organizations 

104 sources

The ISNI database is a cross-domain resource with direct contributions from 104 sources


BDS Builds a New Website for ISNI

BDSDigital, the web services and IT arm of BDS, has built a new ISNI website, which went live in June 2020. BDS also transferred existing content from the...


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A new website for ISNI

As of the beginning of June 2020, ISNI has introduced a largely rebuilt and redesigned website. With the opportunity presented by a move to a new hosting provider