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Industry Standards

International ISBN Agency

The International ISBN Agency promotes the use of the ISBN standard on publications, and coordinates and supervises this use through the local national agencies. The International Agency allocates group identifiers and ISBN ranges to the national agencies and advises the agencies on ISBN assignment practices. A user manual is available through the International ISBN Agency.

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Book Industry Study Group (BISG)

BISG is the U.S. book industry's trade association for research and supply chain standards and policies. Membership consists of publishers, manufacturers, suppliers, wholesalers, retailers, librarians and others engaged in the business of print and electronic media. This organization provides a forum for publishing professionals to address issues, such as production identification standards, bar coding practices, and the dissemination of electronic data about book titles.

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Book Industry Systems Advisory Committee (BISAC)

BISAC, the Book Industry Systems Advisory Committee, began as a result of a meeting to promote the use of the ISBN in the publishing industry. It is a sub-group of BISG. This organization has been the main standards forum of the Book Industry Study Group since 1980 and is responsible for helping to develop and maintain technology and electronic commerce standards for the entire publishing industry.

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International Organization for Standardization (ISO)

The ISO is a worldwide federation of national standards bodies from some 100 countries, one from each country. The mission of ISO is to promote the development of standardization and related activities in the world with a view to facilitating the international exchange of goods and services, and to developing cooperation in the spheres of intellectual, scientific, technological and economic activity. ISO’s work results in international agreements which are published as International Standards. The ISBN is one such standard.

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