International Standard Name Identifier

International Standard Name Identifier
IntroducedMarch 15, 2012 (2012-03-15)
Managing organisationISNI-IA
No. of digits16

The International Standard Name Identifier (ISNI) is an identifier for uniquely identifying the public identities of contributors to media content such as books, television programmes, and newspaper articles. Such an identifier consists of 16 digits. It can optionally be displayed as divided into four blocks.

ISNI can be used to disambiguate names that might otherwise be confused, and links the data about names that are collected and used in all sectors of the media industries.

It was developed under the auspices of the Draft International Standard 27729; the valid standard was published on 15 March 2012. The ISO technical committee 46, subcommittee 9 (TC 46/SC 9) is responsible for the development of the standard.

2013-09-01 "INTERNATIONAL STANDARD ISO 27729:2012 TECHNICAL CORRIGENDUM 1" was published.

ISNI format

The FAQ of the websites states "An ISNI is made up of 16 digits, the last character being a check character." [1]

Format without space

Format with space

In display it is frequently shown with spaces.

Other Languages
Esperanto: ISNI
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Međunarodni standardni broj imena
suomi: ISNI