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Igsn webinar-26Jul-Slides

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The International Geo Sample Number (IGSN) is designed to provide an unambiguous globally unique persistent identifier (PID) for physical samples. It facilitates the location, identification, and citation of physical samples used in research.

Released on July 1, the ANDS IGSN minting service was developed in collaboration with AuScope to enable the Australian earth science community to assign IGSNs to geologic and environmental samples such as rocks, drill cores and soils, as well as related sampling features such as sections, dredges, wells and drill holes.

Join us for this webinar to:
--learn more about IGSN and their place in the PID ecosystem
--understand the many benefits of assigning IGSN to research samples
--gain insights into the current status and future directions for IGSN implementation in Australia and internationally
--find out about the ANDS IGSN service including service scope and access, as well as plans to expand the service beyond the earth sciences domain
--hear from IGSN experts and ask questions of them

Our speaker line up includes:
--Prof Brent McInnes, Curtin University
--Dr Jens Klump, CSIRO
--Dr Lesley Wyborn, NCI
--Joel Benn, ANDS

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Igsn webinar-26Jul-Slides

  1. 1. Welcome to the webinar IGSN: a persistent identifier for physical samples Presented by: • Joel Benn (ARDC) • Jens Klump (CSIRO) • Brent McInnes (Curtin University) • Lesley Wyborn (NCI)
  2. 2. What are IGSN? ● IGSN are persistent, globally unique, web resolvable identifiers for physical samples (specimens).
  3. 3. Persistent ● URLs change over time (“link rot”). ● A persistent identifier will always resolve to a landing page, even when the URL changes … or when URL will be superseded by a future technology. ● Examples: DOI, Handle
  4. 4. Globally unique One sample, many names One name, many samples
  5. 5. Web resolvable IGSN URL used to resolve IGSN Sample name used in the field URL of this page:
  6. 6. Why use IGSN? While sample names are locally unique, they are usually not unique in a global context. IGSN enables: ● exact references to samples in data and literature ● compilation of large-scale catalogues and overview studies ● tracking of samples through varying institutions, repositories and labs ● verification of sample-based data
  7. 7. What can IGSN be used for? IGSN can be used for: ● any kind of physical sample. ● the sampling feature from where the sample was taken, e.g. a site or borehole ● an aggregation of samples ● samples derived from an existing sample (sub-sampling) IGSN can link to other IGSN, to DOI (data, literature), or other PID. IGSN is a “related identifier” in DataCite metadata.
  8. 8. Linking Samples, Data and Literature IGSN can link to other IGSN, to DOI (data, literature), or other PID. IGSN is a “related identifier” in DataCite metadata.
  9. 9. Background and Global Context IGSN and DataCite evolved at the same time around 2007, but samples were seen as out of scope for DataCite and its precursor. The IGSN Implementation Organisation was founded in 2011. Australian members: ● CSIRO (2013) ● Geoscience Australia (2014) ● Curtin University (2015) ● ARDC (2017, then ANDS)
  10. 10. Members of IGSN e.V.
  11. 11. IGSN and other PID ● 6.5 million samples registered with IGSN ● Several hundred samples registered with DataCite DOI. DataCite metadata are not suited for samples. ● Biodiversity research used the Life Science Identifier (LSID). ● LSID was discontinued in 2017 and reverted to a URL- based system.
  12. 12. A university perspective ● Benefits of implementing IGSN in a lab environment ● Benefits of discoverability to a researcher Brent McInnes PhD FSEG Professor of Economic Geology and Geochemistry Executive Director of John de Laeter Centre Labs, Curtin University National Coordinator, AuScope Earth Composition and Evolution Program
  13. 13. ● 550 unique researchers pa ● 27,000 operational hrs pa ● 10-100 samples per researcher
  14. 14. A Laboratory Directors Perspective Laboratory Information Management System Trial ● 200 samples - GSWA ● 5,700,000 grains of sand ● 8 days of robotic operation ● sample and data management?
  15. 15. Laboratory Environments: High Probability of Duplicate Sample Names
  16. 16. WA Heavy Mineral Sample Dataset ● Available at ○ Curtin University tab ■ TESCAN TIMA Heavy Mineral Mineral classification by chemistry ● red = TiO2; blue = ZrSiO4
  17. 17. A researcher perspective ● Personal opinions: ○ is my idea original? ○ can I get the fieldwork component funded? ○ can I get access? ○ does similar material exist elsewhere? ○ who can I collaborate with? ○ is this grant proposal well thought out? ○ will using IGSN improve my ability to win grants and receive recognition for my work?
  18. 18. ARDC IGSN service ● Collaboration between AuScope, ANDS and CSIRO and implemented as part of Geosciences Data-enhanced Virtual Laboratory (DeVL) project. ● The service is free and is intended for use by the Australian Earth science research community. ● Accessed via the AuSCOPE website and requires authentication via the Australian Access Federation (AAF). ● Minimum metadata and landing page required. ● Extending the service for use with other physical sample types. ● API also available for M2M minting.
  19. 19. Future of IGSN The ability for IGSN to link samples and data derived from samples to publications has made it extremely popular IGSN is now being used beyond the original intention for samples from geoscience domains: growth is phenomenal Growth into other domains needs to be moderated to: 1. Ensure compliance with international standards relevant to that individual domain; and 2. Identify the key common kernel attributes across domains Governance model needs to be strengthened to: 1. Cope with the growth of IGSN within the geoscience domain and its spread to other domains; and 2. Ensure good ‘community’ behaviour (e.g., following agreed protocols and not independently labelling their own internal developments as ‘IGSN’). Need to coordinate awareness and outreach to ensure consistent messages are sent globally
  20. 20. Addressing these issues: the Sloan Foundation grant $US384,000 over 20 Months starting 1 August 2018. The grant will establish a solid, executable plan for the future of the IGSN that will enable new organizations to participate easily and with confidence in the global network of organizations and services that support the integration of physical samples into the research data ecosystem. The funding will mainly support a series of workshops for international experts (including DataCite) to come together to redesign the IGSN system and its management to allow researchers worldwide to use the IGSN with confidence. Experts from the US, UK, France, Australia (CSIRO, ARDC), Japan, and South Africa will participate. More on
  21. 21. Questions? More information The ARDC is supported by the Australian Government through the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy Program About IGSN: ARDC IGSN service: Contact us: