Forum on Physical Samples at AGU hosted by iSamples, the IGSN e.V., and SESAR

Nov 2015. If you are working with Earth and environmental samples as a researcher, educator, curator, data manager, software developer or architect, or as a publisher, please join us for an information and discussion forum on Sunday, December 13th, 4:00pm PST, at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis, Walnut Room; 780 Mission St., San Francisco, CA.
This forum is organized jointly by the EarthCube iSamples Research Coordination Network, the IGSN e.V. (International Geo Sample Number), and the System for Earth Sample Registration (SESAR) with the intent to provide an opportunity for you to:
  • learn about these organizations and how they support digital and physical sample management, sample citation in publications, developing a global sample catalog, and more
  • tell us about the challenges you encounter with your sample collections, their curation, documentation, and preservation.
  • engage in the iSamples RCN,
  • find out how to become a user of the IGSN or member of the IGSN e.V.,
  • check out tools that SESAR offers to help you manage your samples.

Please let us know if you are planning to attend (RSVP by email to or simply stop by. Refreshments will be available.

Learn more about the organizers:

  • iSamples (Internet of Samples in the Earth Sciences) is an EarthCube NSF-funded Research Coordination Network (RCN) that seeks to advance the use of innovative cyberinfrastructure to connect physical samples and sample collections across the Earth Sciences with digital data infrastructures to revolutionize their utility for science. The ultimate goal of the RCN is to dramatically improve the discovery, access, sharing, analysis, and curation of physical samples and the data generated by their study.
  • The IGSN e.V.the International Geo Sample Number (IGSN) Implementation Organization, provides the organizational and technical backbone for scientific communities to apply the IGSN, a globally unique and resolvable, actionable, and persistent identifier for physical sample materials that allows investigators to locate, identify, and cite physical samples with confidence.
  • SESAR (System for Earth Sample Registration) is a web-based registry that distributes the IGSN for samples and related sampling features from the Ocean, Earth, and Polar Sciences. SESAR’s objective is to promote sharing, linking, and integration of sample-based data through the use of the IGSN.