IGSN Technical Documentation of the International Geo Sample Number

Literature and Publications

Using IGSN in Publications

IGSN e.V., Allocating Agents and academic publishers ask authors to tag IGSNs in their manuscripts. This will enable publishers to link the IGSN number to the respective samples sample when the paper is published online. To tag an IGSN, please use the syntax

IGSN: <IGSN> 

In a journal article or manuscript a sample identified by IGSN SSH000SUA may look like this (tagged IGSN):

IGSN: SSH000SUA

Tagging IGSNs in manuscripts in this way allows publishers to automatically link samples identified by IGSN to their respective descriptive pages on the web. See also http://www.geosamples.org/news/tag for more information about journals using IGSN.

Since May 2017 IGSN can be included in the asset tabs of all Copernicus earth science journals. The use of IGSN is also endorsed by the Coalition for Publishing Data in the Earth and Space Sciences.

An example of a publication using live IGSNs can be found here:

  • Dere, A. L., T. S. White, R. H. April, B. Reynolds, T. E. Miller, E. P. Knapp, L. D. McKay, and S. L. Brantley (2013), Climate dependence of feldspar weathering in shale soils along a latitudinal gradient, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 122, 101–126, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gca.2013.08.001.

Publications about IGSN

  • Bastrakova, I., J. F. Klump, B. McInnes, L. A. I. Wyborn, and A. Brown (2015), IGSN at Work in the Land Down Under: Exploiting an International Sample Identifier System to Enhance Reproducibility of Australian Geochemcial and Geochronological Data, p. IN33A–1786, San Francisco, CA.
  • Golodoniuc, P., J. F. Klump, L. A. I. Wyborn, A. Devaraju, and R. Fraser (2015), Sample Identification at Scale – Implementing IGSN in a Research Agency, p. IN33A–1785, San Francisco, CA.
  • Klump, J., and K. Lehnert (2012), Applications for unique identifiers in the geological sciences (Invited), p. GP31A–1064, American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, CA.
  • Klump, J., and K. Lehnert (2013), Use-cases and services for unique identifiers in the geological sciences, in Geophysical Research Abstracts, vol. 15, pp. EGU2013–11809, Vienna, Austria.
  • Klump, J., S. J. D. Cox, and L. A. Wyborn (2014), Connecting Geology with the Internet of Things, in Towards Unified Global Research, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.
  • Klump, J. F. (2015), Building persistent identifier systems for geoscience research – Technical solutions and community governance, San Francisco, CA.
  • Lehnert, K., and J. Klump (2008), Facilitating Research in Mantle Petrology with Geoinformatics, p. 9IKC­A­00250, Copernicus Society, Frankurt (M), Germany.
  • Lehnert, K., Y. Su, C. H. Langmuir, B. Sarbas, and U. Nohl (2000), A global geochemical database structure for rocks, Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems - G (super 3), 1, 1999GC000026, doi:10.1029/1999GC000026.
  • Lehnert, K., S. Vinayagamoorthy, B. Djapic, and J. Klump (2006), The Digital Sample: Metadata, Unique Identification, and Links to Data and Publications, EOS, Transactions, American Geophysical Union, 87(52, Fall Meet. Suppl.), Abstract IN53C–07.
  • Lehnert, K. A., and J. Klump (2012), The Geoscience Internet of Things, in Geophysical Research Abstracts, vol. 14, pp. EGU2012–13370, Copernicus Society, Vienna, Austria.
  • Lehnert, K. A. et al. (2011), IGSN e.V.: Registration and Identification Services for Physical Samples in the Digital Universe, p. IN13B–1324, American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, CA.

IGSN software

  • Klump, J., and D. Ulbricht (2012), Re-using the DataCite Metadata Store as DOI registration proxy and IGSN registry, p. IN23C–1528, American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, CA.
  • Reid, N., J. F. Klump, B. Ballsun-Stanton, A. White, and A. Sobotkova (2015), A Mobile App for Geochemical Field Data Acquisition, p. IN13B–1831, San Francisco, CA.

Namespace governance

  • Bechtold, S. (2003), Governance in Namespaces, Loyola L.A. Law Rev., 36(3), 1239–1320, doi:10.2139/ssrn.413681.

Other publications relating to geological samples

  • Anon (2015), Protect sites and samples, Nature Geosci, 8(11), 815–815, doi:10.1038/ngeo2587.
  • Vergano, D. (2011), Hundreds of NASA’s moon rocks reported missing, USA Today, 12th December, A4.

Publications using IGSN

  • Dere, A. L., T. S. White, R. H. April, B. Reynolds, T. E. Miller, E. P. Knapp, L. D. McKay, and S. L. Brantley (2013), Climate dependence of feldspar weathering in shale soils along a latitudinal gradient, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 122, 101–126, doi:10.1016/j.gca.2013.08.001.