Welcome to the IGSN Service of Kiel University

The International Generic Sample Number (IGSN) is a persistent unique identifier for physical samples and specimens.

The IGSN service is available to all employees and institutions of Kiel University. In the IGSN service documentation you will find all the information you need to get started. General information about the IGSN can be found on the official pages of the IGSN e.V. and the Research Data Management at Kiel University.

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  • Get free IGSN IDs to identify your physical samples
  • Cite your samples with confidence, and receive proper credit when your work is reused
  • Maximise the benefits for research, education and society