International Generic Sample Number (IGSN)

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The IGSN-Service is available to all employees and institutions of Kiel University and enables the registration of IGSN IDs (International Generic Sample Number) for the unique identification of physical samples and specimens.


  • Get free IGSN IDs to uniquely identify your physical samples
  • Create IGSN metadata for accurate and consistent identification of physical samples for citation and retrieval purposes

You can find further information in the official documentation.


The service is available to all staff and institutions and does not require any special registration. Simply log in to the website with your normal login details (e.g. suabc123).


The service is generally available 24/7.


If you have any questions or problems, please send an email directly to the IGSN support


The list of service support staff is generated automatically.