New sample ID (IGSN) minting service goes live

July 12, 2018


A new geological sample ID minting service is now available online, thanks to a collaborative effort between national research organisations, AuScope, ANDS-Nectar-RDS and CSIRO.

Released on July 1, the ANDS IGSN minting service was developed in collaboration with AuScope to enable the Australian earth science community to assign IGSNs to geologic and environmental samples such as rocks, drill cores and soils, as well as related sampling features such as sections, dredges, wells and drill holes.


The International Geo Sample Number (IGSN) is designed to provide an unambiguous globally unique persistent identifier (PID) for physical samples. It facilitates the location, identification, and citation of physical samples used in research. Researchers at Australian universities can now create a digital persistent identifier of their samples and link this to data derived from this sample, in current or future research projects.


A webinar to share information about IGSN identifiers and the new IGSN service will be held on Thursday July 26 at 12.00 AEST.  


The national science outcome of this service is significant: guaranteed preservation of the link between science samples and any data derived from them, which helps preserve knowledge of the sample so it can be utilised in future research as new methods become available.  


This IGSN service supports the earth science community and other communities are expressing interest in minting IGSNs for their samples. For further information contact:


To access the AuScope–ANDS IGSN minting service directly please visit: To learn more about using IGSNs, or more about the IGSN minting service, please visit the ANDS website.


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This website relates to activity between July 2017 and June 2018.


Please visit the ARDC website for all activity post June 2018.

Monash University is the lead agent of ANDS.

The University of Melbourne is the lead agent of Nectar.

The University of Queensland is the lead agent of RDS.

This activity received grant funding from the Australian Government through the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy.

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