The purpose is to identify links between related identified entities (digital objects) in the field of information and documentation. Linked entities can be media resources, humans, and corporations, or even abstract content (times, places) that can be identified uniquely. The link model of ISLI includes three elements: a source, a target, and the link between them.
The goal is a combined rendering of different representations of rich media and a wider use of resources, as it provides interoperability.
The International Standard Link Identifier (ISLI) was approved in August at ISO. The call for candidates for the registration authority for ISO 17316 (ISLI) closed on Sept. 1st, 2014.