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Industry Groups Collaborate on Digital Asset Standards

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To examine synergies between the DTI and ISIN standards

Etrading Software (ETS), acting as the selected Registration Authority for the new International Organization for Standardization’s (ISO) standard ISO 24165 for Digital Token Identifiers (DTIs), and the Association of National Numbering Agencies, (ANNA), a global member association seeking to foster standardisation within the financial industry and ISO Registration Authority for ISO 6166 International Securities Identification Numbers (ISINs), have confirmed a new joint task force to identify potential synergies between the DTI and ISIN.

The Digital Token Identifier Foundation (DTIF) was created by Etrading Software to provide ISO standard identifiers for digital assets based on open data principles. The task force with ANNA and individual National Numbering Agencies, (NNAs), was established in April and is due to run for 12 months.

Sassan Danesh, Managing Partner of Etrading Software, said the company was keen to ensure that ISO DTI 24165 would be integrated and seamless with existing industry standards. “We want to integrate the DTI with other relevant standards which have different functions but are intrinsically linked,” Danesh said. “This will reduce the operational complexity and costs of the DTI and provide a clear link between an asset and a digital token that represents the asset,” he added.

The Association of National Numbering Agencies has its own permanent working group on digital assets, and this topic is a core priority of theirs, according to Stephan Dreyer, ANNA’s Managing Director. “We collaborate with industry and other standards bodies to ensure that standards within our responsibility are harmonized and interoperable with complementary standards, leading to efficient usage and greater accessibility for market participants,” Dreyer said.

Industry participants were quick to approve of the collaboration. “The work between the DTIF, ANNA and NNAs will provide a solid foundation for the identification of digital tokens as the market continues to grow,” according to Vipin Y.S. Mahabirsingh, Managing Director of the Central Depository & Settlement Co. Ltd., Mauritius. “By collaborating early on in the process, we will be able to ensure a truly interoperable and complementary nature of the identifiers which will benefit the industry as a whole,” he added.

According to a joint statement, a key deliverable of the task force will be to produce a set of recommendations on areas of collaboration to the ETS and ANNA boards, including an outline implementation plan. These might include aligning DTIs and ISINs, automatic notifications between issuing authorities or white-label access and/or federated models for the allocation of the identifiers to digital assets.

The task force charter, meeting agendas and minutes will be publicly available on the DTIF website: