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In January 2014 the Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF) has become an 
ISNI Registration Agency. 

The aim of the ISNI Registration Agency at the BnF will be to improve data 
interoperability across communities, both from public and private sector, 
and to promote trustful data created by libraries on the Web of data.  As 
ISNI Registration Agency the BnF will first address the identification 
needs related to the French media content industries and the French 
cultural heritage collections.

The BnF is a historical partner in the ISNI initiative at international 
level. Together with the British Library it represents the CENL(Conference 
of European National Librarians) in the ISNI International Agency 
(ISNI-IA) - the governing body of ISNI. Both libraries play a key role in 
the governance of the system, in the quality of the database, but also in 
supporting its promotion and large diffusion.

See the joint BnF/ISNI-IA press release:
In English:
- on the BnF website http://www.bnf.fr/documents/cp_bnf_isni_en.pdf 
- on the ISNI website 
http://isni.org/content/bnf-becomes-first-national-library-world-become-isni-registration-agency-5 

In French:
-on the BnF website http://www.bnf.fr/documents/cp_bnf_isni.pdf 

For more information see the BnF professional webpages :
http://www.bnf.fr/en/professionals/isni_about/s.isni_registration_agency.html?first_Art=non 



About ISNI:

ISNI - ISO 27729 emerged as a response to the long felt need for a unique, 
global, cross-domain, standard, persistent identifier for the public 
identities of persons and organizations. Its primary motivation is the 
interoperable management of resources in the digital environment. A 
cross-domain initiative, ISNI is built directly on the functional legacy 
of library authority files. It started with more than 12 million authority 
records from VIAF, with data from numerous other contributors added in an 
on-going process. These include today 25 research organizations, rights 
management societies, publishers and others, and their number is growing 
constantly. Therefore ISNI is designed as a ?bridge identifier?. 
Uniqueness, persistence, and trust are ensured by a centrally governing 
system managed by the ISNI-International Agency (ISNI-IA) as a 
cross-domain public private partnership of 6 international organizations. 
Libraries are major stakeholders in the ISNI system, with the Bibliothèque 
nationale de France and the British Library representing the CENL, and 
with OCLC acting as ISNI Assignment Agency and managing the central 
database for open, global use. The task of providing data review and 
analysis is entrusted to the Bibliothèque nationale de France and the 
British Library. Experts from both libraries constitute the ISNI Quality 
Team.
ISNI official website: http://www.isni.org/ 

Anila Angjeli
Bibliothèque nationale de France
Département  Information bibliographique et numérique (IBN)
Quai François Mauriac
F-75706 Paris cedex 13
Tél.: 33.(0)1.5379.5395
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