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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.

 

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4 thoughts on “A Helpful Glossary of Identifiers in the Information Supply Chain

  1. Nice – a handy summary. I sense a visual coming, don’t you?

  2. “DOI… This identifies a place on the web where a thing can be found.”

    Almost. That would be a URL. DOIs are more general; they simply identify “something”. That “something” can be assigned a URL by the DOI registration, but doesn’t have to.

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