International Standard Name Identifier (ISNI)

International Standard Name Identifier ISNI is the ISO certified global standard number for identifying the millions of contributors to creative works and those active in their distribution. An ISNI is assigned to the public name(s) of a researcher, inventor, writer, artist, performer, publisher, etc. An ISNI is a persistent unique identifying number which can be used in order to resolve the problem of name ambiguity in search and discovery; and diffuse each assigned ISNI across all repertoires in the global supply chain so that every published work can be unambiguously attributed to its creator wherever that work is described. A single living person, might have multiple ISNIs if they choose to identify publicly as two (or more) completely separate personas.
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