May 26, 2022

Slide Presentations From NISO Webinar: “Authority Control: Are You Who We Say You Are?”

Three excellent speakers discussed authority control during a NISO (National Information Standards Organization) webinar held about 10 days ago.


In the world of authority control, it is a bit of an alphabet soup of acronyms. ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID), which is a system to uniquely identify scientific and other academic authors; ISNI (International Standard Name Identifier), which identifies the public identities of contributors to media content such as books, television programs, and newspaper articles; and VIAF (Virtual International Authority File) a system that combines multiple name authority files into a single authority service, hosted by OCLC, all have their place when discussing identifiers for authority control.

Identity issues and disambiguating authors, researchers, other content creators, and their institutional affiliations are crucial as we move into a world of linked data. In this webinar, presenters will cover the implications and differences between ORCID, ISNI, and VIAF, what is the proper use of each, and some of the benefits that come with using authority files and making that information available on the Web


  • ORCID identifiers in research workflows
    Simeon Warner, Director of Repository Development, Cornell University Library
  • ISNI: How It Works And What It Does
    Laura Dawson, Product Manager, ProQuest
  • VIAF and its Relationships with Other Files
    Thomas Hickey, Chief Scientist, OCLC

Additional info, speaker bios, etc. from the webinars webpage.

Direct to ORCID
ORCID Registry Search Box Available at Top of Page

Direct to ISNI ||| Search ISNI Registry

Direct to VIAF Info and Search

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.