The adoption of ISNIs in Copyright Management Organizations

The Copyright Management Organizations (CMO) Gramex, Kopiosto, Kuvasto, Sanasto and Teosto are involved in a project in which a comprehensive range of international creative-sector contributor identifiers will be acquired for the rightholders represented by the organizations. The National Library of Finland acts as the national ISNI Registration Agency and is coordinating the project.

Goal and tasks

The goal of the project is to acquire a comprehensive range of ISNIs for the rightholders represented by different Copyright Management Organizations (CMOs). In practice, this means adding ISNIs to the rightholder data in the databases of the Copyright Management Organizations.

An ISNI (International Standard Name Identifier) is an international identifier that is used to uniquely identify any individuals and organizations contributing to creative activities, such as authors, performers, composers, visual artists, producers and publishers.

The adoption and wide use of ISNIs provides Finnish Copyright Management Organizations with better opportunities for identifying domestic creative-sector contributors in the international context. At the same time, they set certain requirements for the quality of contributor-related metadata and for the harmonization of metadata collected about contributors.

The aim of the ISNI is to be an identifier shared between different organizations that use contributor identifiers and to enable data enrichment among CMOs and their partners.

Influence

The key benefit of the project is the reliable identification of contributors to creative works with an international identifier regardless of the field of art. As the ISNI is international, public and widely used, its use in the systems of Finnish Copyright Management Organizations will facilitate the identification of contributors to creative works and improve the reliability and interoperability of the data related to contributors. Adopting a common, global and well-functioning identifier will ensure closer cooperation and improved service to the Copyright Management Organizations' customers in the future.

After the project, its impact can be seen extensively in the Copyright Management Organization sector. The adoption of the ISNI will bring new practices to the sector and contribute to developing the use, availability and management of digital data in the sector. The use of the identifier, which is becoming quickly more common internationally, opens up new opportunities especially for transmitting metadata related to the works and creative contributors.

Project partners and providers of financing

Project setters

Ministry of Education and Culture
Gramex

Tenure

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Project status

In progress

Financing

The Ministry of Education and Culture has granted subsidies to Copyright Management Organisations for promoting the reform and digitalization of cultural and creative services as well as the related production and operating models. For more information about the structural support for cultural and creative sectors, see the ministry’s website (in Finnish).
The structural support for cultural and creative sectors is part of Finland’s national recovery and resilience plan. Finland’s recovery and resilience plan is funded by the Next Generation EU programmes of the EU’s one-time recovery instrument.

Schedule

The project runs until the end of 2023.
Information about topical issues can be found on the dedicated project website (in Finnish).

Collaboration

The project involves the Copyright Management Organizations Gramex, Kopiosto, Kuvasto, Sanasto and Teosto. The National Library of Finland acts as the national ISNI Registration Agency and coordinates the project.