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Published in March 2012 as a new International Standard, the International Standard Name Identifier will enable the public identities of parties involved in media content industries to be uniquely identified so that they can be clearly disambiguated where otherwise there might be doubt. The parties to be identified may be involved in any stage of activity from creation, to production, management and content distribution chains and can be a natural or legal person, fictional character or groups of such parties.

The ISNI International Agency manages and coordinates the global system of registration, though a range of registration agencies and members and its technical supplier OCLC.

ISNIs can be assigned to publishers and imprints, as well as authors and other contributors and creators. And although it began in the world of text, ISNI has expanded to encompass the world of music, with a range of new specialist registration agencies  – and is equally applicable to movies and TV.

EDItEUR provides executive management and administration services to the ISNI International Agency and assistance to the Board. The executive director of the Agency is EDItEUR’s Tim Devenport. For furthere details about ISNI and its application, contact

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