Information and documentation -- International standard music number (ISMN)

L'ISO 10957:2009 spécifie le numéro international normalisé de la musique (ISMN) qui est un moyen d'identifier de manière univoque les publications de musique imprimée. Elle spécifie l'attribution d'un ISMN unique à ces publications de façon à distinguer de toutes les autres une édition d'un titre ou une composante d'une édition. L'ISO 10957:2009 précise également la construction du Numéro international normalisé de la musique ainsi que son emplacement sur les publications musicales imprimées. L'ISO 10957:2009 s'applique aux publications musicales imprimées. L'ISMN peut également servir à identifier les publications de musique imprimée produites sur d'autres supports qui font partie intégrante d'un tout (par exemple un enregistrement sonore qui, avec la musique constitue, forme un seul produit). L'ISMN ne convient pas non plus à l'identification des documents produits sur d'autres supports qui sont diffusés séparément, tels les enregistrements sonores ou audiovisuels (comme les CD ou les DVD). Pour ces enregistrements, l'ISO 3901 (Code international normalisé des enregistrements) ou l'ISO 15706 (Numéro international normalisé d'oeuvre audiovisuelle) s'appliquent. L'ISMN n'est pas non plus utilisé pour identifier les produits mêmes (CD ou DVD). À cet effet, le code EAN à 13 caractères peut être utilisé.

Information et documentation -- Numéro international normalisé de la musique (ISMN)

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INTERNATIONAL ISO
STANDARD 10957
Third edition
2021-12
Information and documentation —
International standard music number
(ISMN)
Information et documentation — Numéro international normalisé de
la musique (ISMN)
Reference number
ISO 10957:2021(E)
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ISO 10957:2021(E)
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ISO 10957:2021(E)
Contents Page

Foreword ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................iv

Introduction .................................................................................................................................................................................................................................v

1 Scope ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 1

2 Normative references ..................................................................................................................................................................................... 1

3 Terms and definitions .................................................................................................................................................................................... 1

4 Structure and syntax of an International standard music number (ISMN) .........................................2

4.1 Basic structure and syntax of an ISMN ............................................................................................................................ 2

4.2 Prefix element ......................................................................................................................................................................................... 2

4.3 Publisher element ................................................................................................................................................................................ 2

4.4 Item element ............................................................................................................................................................................................. 3

4.5 Check digit .................................................................................................................................................................................................. 3

5 Presentation and location of the ISMN on notated music ........................................................................................ 3

5.1 Presentation .............................................................................................................................................................................................. 3

5.2 Location and display ......................................................................................................................................................................... 3

6 Assignment of an ISMN .................................................................................................................................................................................. 4

7 Administration of the ISMN system ................................................................................................................................................. 4

8 Association of an ISMN with ISMN metadata ......................................................................................................................... 4

9 Implementation guidelines for the 13-digit ISMN ............................................................................................................ 4

Annex A (normative) Guidelines for the assignment and application of ISMNs ....................................................5

Annex B (normative) Check digit for the 13-digit ISMN .................................................................................................................. 7

Annex C (informative) Administration of the ISMN system ........................................................................................................ 9

Annex D (normative) Metadata for the registration of ISMNs...............................................................................................10

Annex E (normative) Implementation guidelines for the 13-digit ISMN ....................................................................11

Bibliography .............................................................................................................................................................................................................................12

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ISO 10957:2021(E)
Foreword

ISO (the International Organization for Standardization) is a worldwide federation of national standards

bodies (ISO member bodies). The work of preparing International Standards is normally carried out

through ISO technical committees. Each member body interested in a subject for which a technical

committee has been established has the right to be represented on that committee. International

organizations, governmental and non-governmental, in liaison with ISO, also take part in the work.

ISO collaborates closely with the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) on all matters of

electrotechnical standardization.

The procedures used to develop this document and those intended for its further maintenance are

described in the ISO/IEC Directives, Part 1. In particular, the different approval criteria needed for the

different types of ISO documents should be noted. This document was drafted in accordance with the

editorial rules of the ISO/IEC Directives, Part 2 (see www.iso.org/directives).

Attention is drawn to the possibility that some of the elements of this document may be the subject of

patent rights. ISO shall not be held responsible for identifying any or all such patent rights. Details of

any patent rights identified during the development of the document will be in the Introduction and/or

on the ISO list of patent declarations received (see www.iso.org/patents).

Any trade name used in this document is information given for the convenience of users and does not

constitute an endorsement.

For an explanation of the voluntary nature of standards, the meaning of ISO specific terms and

expressions related to conformity assessment, as well as information about ISO's adherence to

the World Trade Organization (WTO) principles in the Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT), see

www.iso.org/iso/foreword.html.

This document was prepared by Technical Committee ISO/TC 46, Information and documentation,

Subcommittee SC 9, Identification and description.

This third edition cancels and replaces the second edition (ISO 10957:2009), of which it constitutes a

minor revision.
The changes compared to the previous edition are as follows.

— The introductory texts for Clause 2 (Normative references) and Clause 3 (Terms and definitions)

have been revised to be accordance with the current ISO style.

— Notes in the definitions have been modified to "Note 1 to entry" in accordance with the current ISO

style.

— Clause 7 has been modified to remove specifics about the Registration Authority and provide the

URL to ISO’s list of Registration Authorities.

— Throughout the document, references to the ISMN Registration Authority were either made generic

or removed.

— Annex C has been modified to make all references to the Registration Authority generic.

— ISO 21047 and ISMN Users’ Manual have been removed from the Bibliography.

Any feedback or questions on this document should be directed to the user’s national standards body. A

complete listing of these bodies can be found at www.iso.org/members.html.
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ISO 10957:2021(E)
Introduction

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. In addition, some features of

the ISBN system, such as the inclusion of national and language groupings within the structure of the

ISBN and its administration, are not suited to the practices and organization of the music sector where

linguistic content does not have the same relevance that it does for textual publications. For these and

other practical reasons, the ISMN and ISBN co-exist as separate identification systems.

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INTERNATIONAL STANDARD ISO 10957:2021(E)
Information and documentation — International standard
music number (ISMN)
1 Scope

This document specifies the International standard music number (ISMN), which is a means of uniquely

identifying editions of notated music. It specifies the assignment of a unique ISMN on such editions to

distinguish one edition of a title or one separate component of an edition from all other editions. This

document also specifies the construction of an ISMN and its location on editions of notated music.

This document is applicable to editions of notated music. The ISMN can also be used to identify editions

of notated music that are presented with other media to form an integrated whole (e.g. an edition that,

together with a sound recording, forms a single product).

The ISMN is not suitable for the identification of material in other media that are issued separately,

such as sound or audiovisual products (e.g., CDs or DVDs), for which other standards such as ISO 3901

(International Standard Recording Code) and ISO 15706 (International Standard Audiovisual Number)

are applicable.

The ISMN is not suitable for the identification of the products themselves (CDs or DVDs), for which the

European article numbering (EAN) 13-digit bar code can be used.
2 Normative references

The following documents are referred to in the text in such a way that some or all of their content

constitutes requirements of this document. For dated references, only the edition cited applies. For

undated references, the latest edition of the referenced document (including any amendments) applies.

ISO/IEC 15420, Information technology — Automatic identification and data capture techniques — EAN/

UPC bar code symbology specification
3 Terms and definitions
For the purposes of this document, the following terms and definitions apply.

ISO and IEC maintain terminological databases for use in standardization at the following addresses:

— ISO Online browsing platform: available at https:// www .iso .org/ obp
— IEC Electropedia: available at https:// www .electropedia .org/
3.1
check digit

added digit which can be used to verify the accuracy of the assignment of the ISMN through a

mathematical relationship to the digits contained in that number
3.2
edition

all copies of a notated music (3.5) resource produced from substantially the same original input and

issued by the same entity or group of entities or a person

Note 1 to entry: This covers material that is for sale, for hire, gratis, or for copyright purposes only.

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ISO 10957:2021(E)
3.3
ISMN prefix

prefix consisting of four digits of which the first segment of 3 digits is the product code "979" assigned

by the global GS1 (formerly EAN.UCC) product identification system and of which the fourth digit is 0

and defines the contingent reserved for notated music

Note 1 to entry: The European Article Numbering International-Uniform Code Council (EAN.UCC) was a supply

chain standards family name, formally the EAN.UCC System. In 2005, EAN changed its name to GS1.

3.4
item
edition of notated music (3.5), or a separately available component thereof
3.5
notated music
graphical representation of music in any format
4 Structure and syntax of an International standard music number (ISMN)
4.1 Basic structure and syntax of an ISMN

Starting from 1 January 2008, all ISMN shall consist of a thirteen-digit number (Arabic numerals 0 to 9

only) made up of the following four elements:
— the prefix element 979-0;
— a publisher element;
— an item element;
— a check digit.
EXAMPLE ISMN 9790345123458

When the 13-digit ISMN is presented in bar code on printed music publications, it shall be in accordance

with the specifications given in ISO/IEC 15420. Therefore, an ISMN presented in bar code is fully

compatible with GS1 data structures, including the EAN 13-bar code.

Information on the distribution and management of ISMN prefix ranges is given in the Registration

Authority’s users’ manual.
4.2 Prefix element

The first element of a 13-digit ISMN shall be a 4-digit prefix. The first three digits of the ISMN prefix

shall be “979”, i.e, corresponding to the Bookland code within the GS1 system (see NOTE). The segment

containing “979” shall be separated for display purposes by a hyphen from the fourth digit (0) of the

ISMN prefix.

NOTE In 1980, the EAN Authority and the International ISBN Agency agreed to assign a specific 3-digit prefix

to a fictitious country designated as “Bookland”. The numerical country codes “978” and “979” were reserved for

this “country” to encode the ISBN. The code 979 was chosen to represent the 13-digit code.

4.3 Publisher element

The second element of the ISMN shall be the publisher element. It varies in length from publisher to

publisher according to the output of each publisher.

The publisher element shall be assigned by the Registration Authority for this document.

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