Re: Proposal to include ISNI

You¡¯re absolutely right about expressing ISNI in the form of a persistent
URI. (Currently you can do so using the URL, but we are moving that
functionality to However, I
was looking at ISNI use in the same way that ISBN is used in ¡°Book¡±. That
potential exists as well, so that data sets can communicate with one

On 11/20/13, 4:36 PM, "Paul Watson" <>

>Hi Laura,
>We currently have the "sameAs" property in "Person" (and in
>which is defined as:
>"URL of a reference Web page that unambiguously indicates the item's
>  E.g. the URL of the item's Wikipedia page, Freebase page, or official
>I've had a quick look at the ISNI website and it looks like ISNI
>are in the form of a persistent URI, and I believe ORCID is the same, so
>perhaps the existing "sameAs" property can immediately be used for the
>Please correct me if I've misunderstood anything!
>On 20/11/13 21:17, Laura Dawson wrote:
>> Hi, all -
>> I©öm writing to propose including ISNI as a property for Person, and for
>> Organization. ISNI is an ISO standard that is nearly 2 years old, and
>> we©öre starting to see uptake in VIAF, Wikipedia, Digital Science, ORCID
>> (they use it to identify organization names), Musicbrainz, and other
>> sets. Currently, there are 6.8 million ISNIs assigned to names (6.4
>> million people, 400K organizations), but these numbers are growing with
>> new data sets. I think with these sorts of numbers, it©ös a valuable
>> disambiguation/collocation tool for public identities.
>> We may want to also include other identifiers like ORCID, which is
>> used in the scholarly/research community, particularly STEM. ORCID is a
>> subset of ISNI, with different assignment criteria.
>> More information is here: I©öm happy to send around
>> documentation, slide decks, or answer any questions as well.
>> Sincerely,
>> Laura Dawson
>> Product Manager, Identifier Services


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