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IGSN Service


The ANDS IGSN minting service enables users to mint and assign International Geo Sample Numbers (IGSN) identifiers to physical samples used in Australian research. The Service:

  • may be used, at no cost, by sample holders and curators affiliated with Australian research organisations that do not offer their own IGSN minting service
  • may be used to assign IGSN 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
  • requires authentication via the Australian Access Federation
  • requires a minimum set of metadata to be provided
  • creates a link to a description of the registered sample
  • enables authors to cite samples in research publications
  • facilitates the linking of samples to related data, publications and people

Note: While the ANDS IGSN service is currently limited to earth science samples, ANDS is interested in working with other communities to extend the service for use with other physical sample types such as vegetation, archaeological and biological specimens.  Please email to register your interest.

Ways of using the service

Detailed instructions for IGSN Service Access are available. Broadly, there are two options for using the service:

Web interface

  • The ANDS IGSN service web interface is intended for users expecting to mint only a very small number of IGSNs, or as an interim arrangement while a machine-to-machine service is established using the API.
  • The manual minting service can only mint a single IGSN at a time. Bulk IGSN minting is currently not supported.


  • The ANDS IGSN service API enables the creation of IGSNs via a machine-to-machine connection. The API is intended to be integrated with sample management software, automated sample creation services or other applications and workflows.

Full documentation for the ANDS IGSN Service is available.

ACCESS the IGSN minting service.