International Standard Name Identifier (ISO 27729)

International Standard Name Identifier, Aug 29, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes

While publishers are pushing standards like ORCID, this is the ISO standard for names. "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." It's a distributed system. "The ISNI database is built from many databases worldwide, and based on linking through matching algorithms. ISNIs are assigned when there is a high level of confidence in matching new names to existing names in the database." My ISNI is 0000 0003 8266 307X. See also Wikidata's page. Am I freaked out about this? No - I am deighted to have my own identity.

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