Been tracking the ORCiD/ISNI thing for a few months now.  Here was a nice graphic that I think this group will appreciate of how CU-Boulder sees ORCiDs across their systems from a recent ORCiD event:

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Individual academics (especially grant-related folks) should get and use ORCiDs, which either the individual can register for or their affiliate institutions may assign in batches with an institutional membership.  An ISNI, in contrast, may be assigned to an individual, often for rights-tracking purposes, as in the case of recorded performances.  Also ISNIs can be given to organizations ("corporate bodies," in catalogerese) while ORCiDs are only for individuals.


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From: Code for Libraries [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Eric Lease Morgan
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Subject: Re: [CODE4LIB] orcid and researcherid and scopus, oh my

On Jun 4, 2014, at 3:32 PM, Jodi Schneider <[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>> wrote:

> However, I believe that ISNI is bridging between these various sources

> -- certainly including LC and VIAF [1], and also ORCID [2].


> [1]

> [2] From


> "ORCID identifiers utilize a format compliant with the ISNI ISO standard.

> ISNI has reserved a block of identifiers for use by ORCID, so there

> will be no overlaps in assignments."

I'm glad ISNI's have been mentioned. Thank you.

I had not heard about ISNIs until very recently, and I was both embarrassed as well as surprised. Sure, I've read the Web pages, [1] but what are ISNIs? How are they different from other identifiers, and is it just my imagination or have they simply not become as popular here in the 'States as they are in Europe, and why?

[1] ISNI -


Eric M.