Re: Proposal to include ISNI

Hi Laura,
if there is (or will shortly) be a canonical way of expressing an ISNI identifier as a URI, then I think Paul's proposal is best.
The difference to ISBN is that for ISBN codes, there is no canonical URI schema defined (at least to my knowledge).


On Nov 20, 2013, at 10:41 PM, Laura Dawson wrote:

> 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
> another.
> On 11/20/13, 4:36 PM, "Paul Watson" <>
> wrote:
>> Hi Laura,
>> We currently have the "sameAs" property in "Person" (and in
>> "Organization")
>> which is defined as:
>> "URL of a reference Web page that unambiguously indicates the item's
>> identity.
>> E.g. the URL of the item's Wikipedia page, Freebase page, or official
>> website."
>> I've had a quick look at the ISNI website and it looks like ISNI
>> identifiers
>> 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!
>> Regards,
>> Paul
>> On 20/11/13 21:17, Laura Dawson wrote:
>>> Hi, all -
>>> Iım 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
>>> weıre starting to see uptake in VIAF, Wikipedia, Digital Science, ORCID
>>> (they use it to identify organization names), Musicbrainz, and other
>>> data
>>> 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, itıs a valuable
>>> disambiguation/collocation tool for public identities.
>>> We may want to also include other identifiers like ORCID, which is
>>> heavily
>>> used in the scholarly/research community, particularly STEM. ORCID is a
>>> subset of ISNI, with different assignment criteria.
>>> More information is here: Iım happy to send around
>>> documentation, slide decks, or answer any questions as well.
>>> Sincerely,
>>> Laura Dawson
>>> Product Manager, Identifier Services
>>> ISNI 0000 0004 1029 5439
>>> Bowker | 630 Central Avenue | New Providence, NJ 07974 USA |
>>> ProQuest... Start here <>.
>>> 2012 InformationWeek 500 Top Innovator
>>> Bowker, a ProQuest affiliate

martin hepp
e-business & web science research group
universitaet der bundeswehr muenchen

phone:   +49-(0)89-6004-4217
fax:     +49-(0)89-6004-4620
www: (group) (personal)
skype:   mfhepp 
twitter: mfhepp

Check out GoodRelations for E-Commerce on the Web of Linked Data!
* Project Main Page:

Received on Wednesday, 20 November 2013 21:47:05 UTC