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The ARDC IGSN minting service enables users to mint and assign IGSN identifiers to physical samples associated with research. ARDC is one of four IGSN allocating agents in Australia.  Others are Geoscience Australia, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and Curtin UniversityLithodat

What is IGSN?

An IGSN (International GeoSample Number)  is a resolvable persistent unique identifier for physical samples and specimens. The IGSN system is an international initiative underpinned by the Handle System. IGSN registration facilitates the discovery, access, and sharing of samples, supports preservation and access of sample data, aids identification of samples in the literature, and advances the exchange of digital sample data among interoperable data systems, thereby maximizing the utility of samples for research, education, and society.  For a more detailed overview of IGSN please refer to the IGSN website.