Membership in the IGSN e.V.

We invite you to become a member of the IGSN e.V. if you are interested to become an Allocating Agent of the IGSN (full membership) or if you are interested to support and promote the IGSN as an Affiliate Member.

NOTE: You do not have to be a member of the IGSN e.V. in order to get and use IGSNs. If you want to assign IGSNs to your samples, all you need to do is get a user account with an Allocating Agent and register your sample metadata. To see a list of currently operating Allocating Agents, please see


Types of Membership

The IGSN e.V. offers two types of membership:

Full Membership is offered to organizations who wish to allocate IGSN names and commit to use the Registration Agency of IGSN in their capacity as allocating agents. Full Members should be actively working with data centres for the purpose of issuing IGSNs and are expected to attend the General Assembly meeting. Full members are expected to pay an annual membership.

Affiliate Membership is offered to organizations who have an interest in the purposes of the IGSN e.V. as defined in the statutes, but who will not use the Registration Agency of IGSN as allocating agents. Affiliate Members take on an advisory function and have the right to attend the General Assembly.

Current Members

How to Become a Member of the IGSN e.V.

Organizations interested in becoming members of the Association must apply in writing to the Executive Board by writing to The application should contain the following information:

  • purpose and non-profit status of the organization (for full membership);
  • reason for applying to become an IGSN Allocating Agent;
  • targeted audience of the Allocating Agent;
  • use of allocated IGSNs (object types);
  • technical and organizational infrastructure to set up the Allocating Agent.

The Executive Board will refer the application to the General Assembly who decides on the membership application.

Full members are charged an annual membership fee, which is determined by the General Assembly. To learn more, please see the IGSN e.V. Statutes.

Current IGSN e.V. Members

  • *Arizona State Geological Survey, USA
  •  Australian National Data Service (ANDS), Australia
  • *Boise State University, USA
  •  British Geological Survey (BGS), UK
  •  Christian Albrechts Universitat Kiel, Germany
  • *City College of New York, USA
  • #Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), Australia
  • #Curtin University of Technology, Australia
  •  EDYTEM, France
  •  French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), France
  • *#GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam, Germany
  • #Geoscience Australia, Australia
  • *#Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel (GEOMAR) [formerly Leibniz Institute of Marine Sciences (IFM-GEOMAR)], Germany
  •  Insitut Francais de Recherche pour l'Exploitation de la Mer (IFREMER), France
  •  Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources (KIGAM), Korea
  • *#Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University, USA
  • #MARUM - Center for Marine Environmental Sciences, University of Bremen, Germany
  • *Oregon State University, USA
  •  Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA
  • *Scripps Institution of Oceanography / UC San Diego, USA
  •  South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON), South Africa
  •  United States Geological Survey (USGS), USA
  • *University of Minnesota, USA
  •  Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USA

*Founding member
 #Operating Allocating Agent