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CILIP Conference - Diffusion of ISNIs into book supply chain metadata - Andrew Macewan


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The presentation by Tim Devenport and Andrew MacEwan gives an introduction to the ISNI system and Member network and describe how the ISNI is linking library authority files with publisher supply chain metadata across multiple content industries. A case study shows how the use of ISNI in the British Library’s metadata opens up new opportunities for collaboration with the book publishing industry.


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CILIP Conference - Diffusion of ISNIs into book supply chain metadata - Andrew Macewan

  1. 1. Diffusion of ISNIs into book supply chain metadata: a British Library case study Andrew MacEwan, Head of Content and Metadata Processing The British Library CILIP Annual Conference 2019: RDA, ISNIs and Linked Data
  2. 2. 2 Case study outline • ISNI and libraries • BL Metadata Strategy • Engagement seminars/workshops on ISNIs for authors, imprints and publishers • Diffusing ISNIs from BL data to publisher data • Developing ongoing assignment workflows
  3. 3. 3 ISNI and Libraries ISNI foundational database is VIAF ISNI matches and links contributor data ISNI scores confidence levels and assignment thresholds
  4. 4. 4 ISNI and Libraries ISNI Quality Team at British Library and Bibliothèque nationale de France providing Quality Assurance cataloguing support since 2011 Growing network of national and research libraries aligning authority record creation with ISNI assignment
  5. 5. 5 BL Metadata Strategy •Strategic priority –Enable open access to collection metadata in order to improve resource discovery and promote wider community re-use
  6. 6. 6 BL Metadata Strategy •Strategic principle –All collection metadata should be created and managed in compliance with recognised international standards
  7. 7. 7 BL Metadata Strategy •Strategic activity –Pilot activities supporting publisher circulation of quality metadata via trade supply chains •BL ISNI Registration Agency
  8. 8. 8 ISNI engagement activities •Publisher Licensing Services hosted meeting on ISNI for Publishers & Imprints January 2018 •BIC Breakfast March 2018: International Identification for Authors, Publishers & Imprints – Included a BnF presentation on their integration of ISNI in CIP workflows
  9. 9. 9 ISNI engagement activities •BL hosted follow up meetings with a Publisher Interest Group to explore options for: – Using ISNI to identify Imprints and Publishers across the supply chain – Explore quick wins for sharing existing ISNIs for authors in publisher and trade supply chain metadata
  10. 10. 10 ISNI Publisher Interest Group Bibliographic Data Services BIC British Library Cambridge University Press EDItEUR Hachette UK Harper Collins ISNI International Agency Nielsen Penguin/Random House Publisher Licensing Services
  11. 11. 11 ISNI Publisher Interest Group • BL use cases for ISNI for publishers/imprints • Options for supplying personal identity ISNIs for products • Matching ISNIs to in-house publisher IDs & NACO IDs • Formats for exchanging data • How we might introduce ISNIs into the supply chain
  12. 12. 12 Work with Bibliographic Data Services Progress to date: • Agreed to develop workflows for inclusion of ISNIs in CIP for late 2019 • BDS examining ISNI membership options • BL supplied BDS with a reconciliation file 4.2 million ISNIs & NACO equivalents • BDS incorporating ISNIs in their in- house product dataset & CIP workflows NACO ID ISNI n 00000001 0000000023128374 n 00000021 0000000124542232 n 00000022 0000000383028289 n 00000024 0000000385160531 n 00000029 0000000119654467 n 00000030 0000000017786135 n 00000033 0000000110635788 n 00000038 0000000023128382 n 00000040 0000000122053099 n 00000041 0000000019415995 n 00000042 0000000018583735 n 00000043 0000000072586734 n 00000048 0000000067073424 n 00000050 0000000109478076 n 00000053 0000000022240399 n 00000054 0000000080978375 n 00000058 0000000081001697 n 00000061 0000000072546644 n 00000062 0000000028369708 n 00000067 0000000117728493 n 00000068 0000000022851595 n 00000069 0000000022867239 n 00000071 0000000028626364 n 00000076 0000000029643852 n 00000077 0000000116049966
  13. 13. 13 Publisher Product & ISNI Matching Progress to date: • Developed two workflow options to match product ISBNs to BL records & return ISNIs for associated identities • Developed prototype workflows to match publisher IDs to ISNIs via VIAF • Applied prototype workflow to samples from Hachette, Penguin, Random House & HarperCollins
  14. 14. 14 Graph Matching • Yellow line indicates a potential link between similar name strings with a common ISBN • The name string can then be linked to a VIAF record • The VIAF record can then be cross referenced to the appropriate ISNI identifier
  15. 15. 15 Publisher Product & ISNI Matching Results so far: • Started with match based on product to product match in files submitted only • Evolved to match against VIAF directly • Match only made when we have high confidence • Results vary significantly as we improve the match process Publisher ID No. of Matches No. of Names ISNI % Hachette 8159 3609 44% HarperCollins 10122 4280 43% Penguin 1323 147 15% Random House 1967 192 13%
  16. 16. 16 Publisher ID to ISNI: Next Steps • Increase match options via inclusion of full BNB & LC datasets & supply results • Finalise ISNI CIP workflows with BDS for late 2019 go live • Look at options for supply of ISNI to aggregators interested in BL data for eBooks
  17. 17. 17 Questions?