A Helpful Glossary of Identifiers in the Information Supply Chain
ISBN – International Standard Book Number. This identifies a separately tradable product in the book supply chain.
ISTC – International Standard Text Code. This identifies a piece of text. It does not identify tradable products.
ISNI – International Standard Name Identifier. This identifies a name – of a person or an organization.
SAN – Standard Address Number. This identifies a specific address of an organization in (or served by) the publishing industry.
DOI – Digital Object Identifier. By which is meant “digital identifier of objects”. This identifies a place on the web where a thing can be found. It is like a web-based SAN.
ISRC – International Standard Recording Code. This identifies sound recordings, and music video recordings. It is similar in many ways to the ISBN.
ISSN – International Standard Serial Number. This identifies serial publications – journals and magazines, primarily.
ISMN – International Standard Music Number. This identifies printed music products in the same way an ISBN identifies book products.
ISAN – International Standard Audiovisual Number. This identifies audiovisual products in the same way an ISBN identifies book products.
ISWC – International Standard Musical Work Code. This identifies musical works. It is similar to the ISTC in that it doesn’t identify tradable products.
ISCI – International Standard Collection Identifier. This identifies library collections.