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January 2011

SESAR has organized a workshop to discuss the IGSN Metadata Profile and its mapping to international standards for geospatial and geoscientific metadata and data models. The workshop will take place on February 22 & 23 & 24, 2011, at the San Diego Supercomputing Center at UCSD in La Jolla, CA. If you are interested in participating, please contact



Advancing the International Geo Sample Number as an International Standard for Sample Identification


Workshop Agenda and Goals

Workshop Results

December 2010

SESAR has released a greatly enhanced version of its software that allows users to interact with the SESAR Sample Catalog. SESAR System v3 (beta) provides substantially improved capabilities for users to register samples online, to administer registered samples in MySESAR, and to search the SESAR Sample Catalog.
Examples of new functionality include:

  • create customized templates for submitting metadata of multiple samples. NEW!
  • register multiple samples online by uploading templates. NEW!
  • add up to 5 images and other documents to a sample profile. NEW!
  • add publications to a sample profile. NEW!
  • control public access to sample metadata (set a 'release' date for samples to become public in the SESAR Sample Catalog). NEW!
  • transfer samples to a different SESAR user. NEW!
  • use of GeoPass, a single sign-on authentication system that gives account holders access to multiple data systems (e.g. the Geochemical Resource Library). NEW!

SESAR System v3 has been released as a beta version. Please, contact if you encounter problems or if you have comments and suggestions for improvement.
SESAR will continue to further enhance the System v3. The next release is planned for Spring 2011 and will feature the following new capabilities:

  • save your custom SESAR templates.
  • add custom metadata fields to your sample profiles.
  • group selected samples into 'collections'.

SESAR is holding a Town Hall Meeting at the upcoming AGU Fall Meeting 2010 in San Francisco to inform its users about recent developments.


When:  Monday, December 13, 2010, 12:30 PM

Where: Moscone Center South, room 232/4


Agenda Items:

  • Introduction to the new SESAR system v3 and plans for next releases
  • Outlook on SESAR's Online Collection Management System
  • Discussion: Toward Global Implementation of the IGSN

Please contact if you are planning to attend.

A limited amount of food & water will be available.

Since October 15, 2010, SESAR is part of the new data facility IEDA (Integrated Earth Data Applications) at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University in New York. IEDA is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the US National Science Foundation and provides the organizational framework and infrastructure for the operation and further development of SESAR.