This new article by Lambert Heller discusses the potential of the International Standard Content Code (ISCC), recently adopted as ISO 24138:2024, for libraries, archives, and museums. Unlike traditional persistent identifiers, the ISCC is generated from the media file itself, allowing for decentralized content identification and similarity matching.

Key points:

  • ISCC complements existing identifiers like DOI and URN
  • Enables similarity detection and authenticity verification of digital objects
  • Useful for clustering search results and enriching citation records
  • Potential applications in proving public domain status and tracking AI-generated content
  • Open-source implementation available for integration into existing systems

The authors argue that despite initial implementation challenges, the ISCC offers significant benefits for research information infrastructures and cultural heritage institutions in managing and linking digital content across platforms.

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