Service description

The Agent Metadata Service provides instructions for the description of  persons, families and corporate bodies and their use in the description of resources. This service is provided primarily to libraries participating in the coproduction of agent metadata. The forthcoming Agent Metadata Service of the National Digital Library will expand the service to include archives and museums.

The Agent Metadata Service supports the description of agents relevant to Finnish materials and will be expanded to supervise the description of international agents found in publications produced in Finland. The aim is to facilitate information retrieval by harmonising the metadata used for persons, families and corporate bodies. The purpose of the service is to help libraries, archives and museums create consistent agent metadata e.g. by forming a cooperation network between libraries.

The Agent Metadata Service offers guidance on resource description and advice to information seekers and others who would benefit from such information. The service includes instructions on using name identifiers (such as ISNI).

The National Library has been surveying cooperation opportunities for agent metadata production since 2015. The purpose is to bring together partners representing university and legal deposit libraries. Interested libraries are invited to contact the National Library’s Agent Metadata Service at

The first cooperation partner to join the project was the Jyväskylä University Library (Open Science Centre – University of Jyväskylä) in October 2015. Each organisation is responsible for its own agent metadata production and for providing instructions on the use of agent metadata.  

Joining the service
  • Free of charge
Standards used
  • RDA standard
  • ISNI standard SFS-ISO 27729
Contact information
Agent Metadata Service
Service users
  • Libraries
  • Authors
  • Copyright organisations
  • National Archives
  • National Board of Antiquities
  • Publishers
  • Systems developers
Steering responsibility
  • National Library of Finland
Organisation model
  • Service is developed as part of basic operation of National Library
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