IGSN Technical Documentation of the International Geo Sample Number

IGSN Documentation

This wiki documents the organisation and technical aspects of the IGSN. General information about the IGSN and the IGSN Implementation Organization e.V. can be found at http://www.igsn.org.

IGSN - International GeoSample Number

The IGSN is a persistent unique identifier for physical samples and specimens that eliminates the problems associated with the ambiguous naming of samples. The IGSN registration service will facilitate the discovery, access, and sharing of samples, ensure preservation and access of sample data, aid identification of samples in the literature, and advance the exchange of digital sample data among interoperable data systems, thus maximizing the utility of samples for research, education, and society.

  • Syntax: Guidelines for forming IGSN for registration.
  • Metadata: Metadata for registration of IGSN and for description of samples.
  • Namespaces: This is how we govern namespaces for IGSN. List of IGSN namespaces currently in use.

IGSN Technical Implementation

IGSN - International GeoSample Number Implementation Organization e.V.

The IGSN eV is an international non-profit organization that aims to implement and promote standard methods for locating, identifying, and citing physical samples collected from our natural environment, by operating an international registration service for the International Geo Sample Number (IGSN) with a distributed, sustainable infrastructure for use by and benefit to its members.

Membership in the IGSN e.V. is open to all organizations that wish to allocate IGSNs and use the Registration Agency of the IGSN e.V. in their capacity as Allocating Agents. Affiliate Membership with an advisory function is offered to organizations, who do not wish to use the IGSN eV Registration Agency as an allocating agent, but who have an interest in promoting and supporting the purposes of the IGSN e.V.

Resources

Contact

IGSN e.V. Management Office: info@igsn.org

Postal address:

IGSN e.V.
c/o German Research Centre for Geosciences GFZ
Telegrafenberg
14473 Potsdam
Germany