May 21, 2022

Metadata: France: BnF is First National Library in the World to Become ISNI Registration Agency

From Today’s BnF (National Library of France Announcement)

In January 2014 the BnF was appointed as ISNI Registration Agency by the ISNI (International Standard Name Identifier) International Agency.

The BnF is the first national library in the world to make such a commitment.

“I welcome the BnF as ISNI Registration Agency. The ISNI database (International Standard Name Identifier) already contains nearly 7.5 million of names and is the most reliable global repository of contributors and distributers of creative works. The BnF has played an essential role in the development of ISNI and I am most pleased that now it will play an equally important role with respect to the French authors and publishers.” declares Olav Stokkmo, president of the ISNI International Agency (ISNI-IA).

The missions of the ISNI Registration Agency will be fulfilled by the Bibliographic and Digital Information department within the Directorate of Services and Networks. The Agency will first focus on the identification needs related to materials subject to legal deposit, collected and described by the BnF, with a particular emphasis on French publications. In the future it might cover the needs of other French organizations.

These identifiers are provided, in different formats (MARC, RDF…), through the current and retrospective bibliographic datasets that the BnF offers free of charge to its partners and data reusers, in compliance with her open public data policy.

By diffusing the ISNI identifiers and by sharing its expertise in this area, the BnF will provide to stakeholders from various communities a reliable, normalized tool essential to the dissemination and the interoperability of French resources on the web.

Learn More About the ISNI (via BnF; in English)

See Also: Visit the ISNI Web Site

See Also: How ISNI Works

Search the ISNI Database

Note: ISNI Records Can Also Be Accessed via the Virtual International Authority File

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