Jul 2014. SESAR version 5.0 is released, which includes a major change to the allocation of new IGSN namespaces. Namespaces now are five places in length, starting with the letters "IE" (for IEDA, which oversees the operation of SESAR). This change will accommodate the expansion of IGSN, through the IGSN e.V., to more allocating agents around the world. See more at this news item.
The new features now available, including those released in SESAR v4.6, include:
- New namespace syntax with 5 characters (beginning with IE), instead of 3 characters. This change will not affect existing IGSNs or namespaces.
- New web service for retrieving IGSNs for a specific namespace, documented on the SESAR API page.
- New sub-object types available nested under Individual Sample including bead, chemical fraction, cube, culture, cylinder, mechanical fraction, powder, slab, smear, specimen, squeeze cake, thin section, toothpick, U-channel and wedge.
- Support for a new printable label format, (Cryotags from Electron Microscopy Sciences, 77565-W).
- In batch registration, users may assign IGSNs with any of their namespaces (previously, only the primary namespace was allowed).
- Batch registration upload and preview functions have improved performance.
- Improvement: Data model now allows different URL link types, including DOI.
- Latitude end and longitude end now show up on the Edit page for dredge samples.
- Special symbols for Sample Type and Classification validation fixed, now allowing "Liquid>aqueous" in batch registration.