International Standard Name Identifier

16-digit identifier for people and organisations

The International Standard Name Identifier (ISNI) is a 16-digit number which uniquely identifies people who have contributed to creative works such as books, newspapers, music, plays, movies, and television programs. The ISNI Agency runs the database of numbers. It is part of the International Organization for Standardization.

The ISNI Agency holds public records of over 9.8 million identities. The ISNI database project began in 2011.[1][2][3]


  1. MacEwan, Andrew; Angjeli, Anila; Gatenby Janifer (2013). "The International Standard Name Identifier: The Evolving Future of Name Authority control". Cataloging and Classification Quarterly, Vol. 51, Issues 1-3, pp. 55-71.
  2. Borowiecki, Karol Jan; Forbes, Neil; Fresa, Antonella (2016). Cultural Heritage in a Changing World, pp. 44-45. Springer
  3. Retrieved 19 February 2018.