Posted on behalf of the NISO I2 Library Workflows Scenario Group

NISO has identified the need for an institutional identifier to enable 
information transactions among uniquely identified entities across the 
Web. The NISO Institutional Identifier (I2) working group has been 
established to develop a robust, scalable and interoperable standard for 
identifying the institution--a core entity in any information transaction.

Institutions create, purchase, share and establish the provenance and 
authority of information for their users. Libraries and archives have 
been among the earliest adopters of institutional identifiers, from the 
published union catalog of library cards with NUC identifiers to 
interlibrary lending using the MARC code list for Organizations. These 
identifiers have reached their limits in terms of extensibility, scale 
and uniqueness. As non-actionable identifiers, they lack the currency 
and functionality to support information management in the global web 

This identifier strategy must work in the global information space and 
support the business model and needs of all the stakeholders—commercial 
information and service providers, institutions, creators, rights 
holders and users. It must integrate smoothly with existing workflows 
and processes and enable future workflows within the information chain.

Libraries and archives are major participants in global information 
sharing and have critical needs for institutional identifiers within 
their own organizations, for consortial activities and to share 
information with other institutions and their users worldwide. Legacy 
identifiers are embedded in most core library workflows. Understanding 
and supporting the needs of libraries is critical for the development of 
an institutional identifier strategy that is robust and useful for the 
long term.

Please assist us by taking part in a brief survey about the use of 
institutional identifiers in libraries. More than individual can 
contribute from a library since the use of identifiers differs across 
library workflow areas. The survey consists of 11 questions that are 
largely multiple choice and takes about 15 minutes to complete.

Thank you for your assistance with this effort. Your participation is 
important to us.


Thank you!

Grace Agnew
Co-Chair, NISO I2 Working Group