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On 07/17/2014 03:49 AM, LAURA DAWSON wrote:

> The new ISNI (for authors, illustrators, publishers, & other creators)
> removes a lot of the internal semantics from the number string (except
> there is a check digit, which occasionally renders as an X). There¹s no
> ³publisher prefix², for example - because ISNIs get assigned by the
> central assignment agency at the request of organizations that need to use
> them. So they really are dumb numbers, which means that they are ideal for
> identification.

Except that they're not.

I've currently having a discussion at 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Template_talk:Authority_control#ISNI.2F_ORCID_confusion 
where we're using delegation blocks to separate ORCIDs from other ISNIs.

Isn't this exactly like ISBNs?

cheers
stuart