The latest Annual General Assembly of the ISMN community took place in Lisbon, Portugal, on September 14-15, on invitation of the Biblioteca Nacional. It was an excellent meeting, for two reasons: It followed immediately the AGM of the International ISBN Agency, which took place at Estoril, on the outskirts of Lisbon. This allowed for a closer contact of representatives of both communities and cut costs as in not a small number of cases the same persons / departments are responsible for ISBN and ISMN. Thus the attendance of the ISMN AGM was larger than usually. The other reason, of course, was the wonderful hospitality of colleagues at the National Library: Ms. Ines Cordeiro and her staff did their best to make colleagues feel welcome; it also turned out that there was actually more music publishing in Portugal than previously assumed.
The next AGM will again be aligned with the ISBN AGM: It is planned for September 13 in Pretoria, by invitation of the National Library of South Africa. In this case the ISMN AGM will be followed by a training course for ISBN and ISMN (Sept. 14), and then the ISBN AGM is to follow. Again, it is an opportunity for colleagues to take part in several meetings--and kill several birds with one stone. There has been some discussion whether it makes sense to travel all the way to South Africa for such a meeting, to a country which cannot compare in music production with Europe and North America. On the other hand, as the standard claims to be international, the impression should be avoided that it was just something for Europeans ... Actually, South Africa is not yet an ISMN member; but the meeting will offer opportunities for African colleagues to familiarize themselves with the standard and perhaps join the community.
This year's ISO TC46 meeting took place in Sydney, Australia, at the beginning of May. Major subjects were progress on new ISO standards (like Name Identifier, Collection Identifier), misuse (or undesirable use) of identifiers, ISO contract issues, and enhanced interoperability between existing identifiers.
The International ISMN Agency has an A Liaison with TC46.
The latest ISMN Newsletter--also available on the Website--provides information on the 2010 AGM.
There are now 52 ISMN agencies, the latest member is The Netherlands (Muziek Centrum Nederland) which makes Europe completely represented by ISMN, except for Albania, Belarus, and a few other small countries without any remarkable music production.
There is progress in the negotiations with further interested countries: China is preparing the introduction of ISMN. A delegation of the Chinese Institute of Publishing Science (CIPS) in Beijing visited Berlin and had promising talks with the IA. …