The National library of France is actively involved in the creation and the maintenance of the ISNI identifier, and ingests ISNIs in its own data. In January 2014 the BnF has established an ISNI Registration Agency.
ISNI and the BnF data
The BnF authority records for Persons and Organizations are ingested in the ISNI international database since its beginning. Updates are regularly uploaded through VIAF, which acts as an intermediary between ISNI and its contributors.
Since the launch of the ISNI database, more than 1 million ISNI identifiers have been assigned to the public identities described in the BnF authority records. These identifiers were integrated into the BnF General catalogue over summer 2013 and a clickable link is made from the BnF authority record to the ISNI record of the international database. In the course of 2016, in addition to the participation of the BnF to VIAF, the exchanges between the BnF Catalogue general and the ISNI base are going to be more direct and frequent : the data visible in the Catalogue general will be updated on a weekly basis. ISNI statistics in BnF catalogue général (as of March 2015)
: 1 275 489
|Authority records for Person with an ISNI identifier ||80.5% |
|Authority records for Organization with an ISNI identifier ||18.4% |