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.

The two-day programme generated a lot of useful discussions; feedback showed that both ISNI members and OCLC found it beneficial to discuss their institutions' needs and system capabilities. Outcomes of the summit include: identification of a number of areas for further investigation, suggestions for working groups to address issues identified and participants volunteering to serve on these groups.  

The following were presented at the summit:

  • ISNI-VIAF Summit goals - Andrew MacEwan, British Library

  • VIAF goals, governance and membership - Vincent Boulet, Bibliothèque nationale de France

  • ISNI goals, governance and membership - Andrew MacEwan, British Library

  • VIAF and ISNI use at the BnF and services built on VIAF and ISNI - Vincent Boulet, Bibliothèque nationale de France

  • Latest updates on ISNI initiatives in libraries - Emma Rogoz, British Library

  • PCC proposal - Michelle Durocher, Harvard University

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