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Request an ISNI

How do I obtain an ISNI?

By writing to the address isni@bne.es

Who can request an ISNI at the BNE?

Biblioteca Nacional de España processes requests for ISNI numbers for authors or entities that meet at least one of these two conditions:

  • Authors or entities in Spain or working in Spain
  • Authors or entities that are in the BNE catalogue.

What is required to obtain an ISNI?

Public identities are identified by the following metadata elements:

  • Name of the public identity.
  • Date and place of birth and/or death (or registration and dissolution for legal entities).
  • Categories and functions according to the definition established by the ISNI Registration Agency (RA). The categories define large activity groups: musical, audiovisual, textual, artistic works, choreography and software. And functions define the task performed in each of these categories, which can be that of an author, performer, editor, illustrator, etc.
  • Reference title of a creative work.
  • Name of a related person and/or institution (university, publisher, etc.).
  • A URI (or URL) that provides a link for more information about the identity.