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International Standard Name Identifier
The International Standard Name Identifier (ISNI), an open standard, is used to identify creators of media content including music, lyrics, poems, video, stills, motion graphics and articles. Contributors include researchers, inventors, writers, artists, visual creators, performers, producers and publishers. It is in use by numerous libraries, publishers, databases, and rights management organizations around the world.
Most importantly it can accurately link the work with the creator of that work. The goal is to ensure that every published work can be unambiguously attributed to its creator whenever and wherever that work is described.
The ISNI creates a single identity - the creator’s name or pseudonym - that is identified as a unique number. This unique number can be linked to many other identifiers across multiple media industries to other forms of identity.
For instance, a singer/songwriter may write both music and poems. They may be identified in many different databases using many different identification methods.
Multiple expressions of a single name:
- Katherine Jane Doe
Kat Jane Doe
Katherine J Doe
By using one ISNI, there is one single linking ISNI record that would provide certainty this is the correct Katherine Jane Doe. The multiple databases could then exchange data about Kat’s ISNI identity without doubt.
Why is this important?
Distribution, purchase and performances of your rightfully owned work can generate revenue. You want to be easily and accurately identified with the usage of your work that generates income.
Read more and register for your own here.