Registering IGSN IDs

IGSN IDs are functionally DOIs. This means that IGSN IDs can be generated and modified using DataCite systems and APIs, and are registered with metadata encoded in the DataCite Metadata Schema. Furthermore, IGSN IDs are distinguished from DOIs for other physical objects at the Repository account and prefix level, and therefore a new, separate IGSN ID Catalog Repository must be created that is exclusively for registering IGSN IDs.

This guidance will help you get started with IGSN ID registration using DataCite systems and APIs, and the DataCite Metadata Schema.


Please note that in DataCite documentation regarding IGSN IDs, the terms “physical sample” and “material sample” have the same meaning and are used interchangeably.