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International Standard Music Number (ISMN)

Cindy Hepfer, the ALA Representative to NISO, has notified us that the following ISO Draft International Standard has been issued for ballot:

ISO/DIS 10957, Information and documentation — International standard music number (ISMN)


The International Standard Music Number (ISMN) was developed by and for the music publishing sector as a separate system to complement the International Standard Book Number (ISBN). The existence of the ISMN as a separate identifier system makes it possible to identify printed and notated music as a distinct category of publication within the global supply chain and to develop trade directories and similar services for the specialized market for music publications.

Comments and vote recommendations from NISO members are due to NISO by April 30, 2008.

Those desiring to review the drafts should contact either Cindy Hepfer ( or me ( — please indicate whether you’re an ALA member! Interested reviewers from countries other than the U.S. should contact their national standards body about the procedure for submitting votes on ISO TC46 standards.