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The ARDC IGSN service has been developed for use by the Australian earth science research community. The service is free and may be used to assign IGSN identifiers to geophysical samples associated with an Australian research activity such as rock, soil and sediment.

Web Interface Minting

Access to the ARDC IGSN Service web interface is controlled via 2 mechanisms.

  1. Users must access the service through the AuScope website http://avre.auscope.org/store. 
  2. Users must authenticate via the Australian Access Federation (AAF). Please refer to the following page for information on how to obtain an AAF account.

API Minting

Test Registration

  1. Discuss your intent to use IGSN Service with your ARDC Client Liaison Officer, or contact services@ardc.edu.au
  2. When you think you are ready to test the service, provide the following information to your client liaison or email them to services@ardc.edu.au:
    • IGSN Account Name - A name for the IGSN account. Usually an organisation.
    • Account Contact Full Name - The name of a contact at your site ARDC should contact to discuss IGSN related issues.
    • Account Contact Email Address - Email address for the primary contact. Group mailboxes are preferred over personal email addresses as they ensure ARDC has an ongoing contact point if a client's staff member changes role or leaves.
    • Top Level Domains - Comma separated list of top level domains that IGSN URLs will be resolved under. Remember IGSN URLs must resolve to a public landing page that contains information about the associated sample.
  3. You will receive a notification from ARDC, either from your client liaison or from IT Services, when your organisation has been registered.
  4. You should receive the following information from us:
    • Your Test Account Name
    • Your Test Account Password
    • The technical document to guide you in setting up your IGSN client

Upon registration for the IGSN service you will be issued with a testing account. The only IGSN prefix that will be allocated to your test account will be the IGSN test prefix (20.500.11812). IGSNs minted using this prefix are visible in the global IGSN infrastructure and will resolve to the URLs associated with the IGSNs. These test IGSNs maybe deleted by IGSN on an irregular basis but normally after a month.

Your test account will remain active allowing you to run separate test and production instances.

Once you and ARDC are satisfied that the service has been successfully implemented and tested, you will need to email services@ardc.edu.au to have a production account created for you. 

Production Registration


When you are ready to start minting production IGSNs:

  1. Have  the ARDC IGSN Service Agreement form signed by a representative of your institution.
  2. Send the signed participant agreement to ARDC:
  3. A scanned copy e-mailed to services@ardc.edu.au or to your ARDC Outreach Officer.

  4. You will receive a notification from ARDC, either from your client liaison or from IT Services, when your organisation has been registered.

  5. You should receive the following information from us:

    • Your Production Account Name
    • Your Production Account Password