What is an IGSN Allocating Agent?

An Allocating Agent is an institution which allocates IGSN names on behalf of the IGSN registration agency of IGSN. An Allocating Agent may delegate technical functions and services to one or more sample repositories or data centres.

To become an IGSN Allocating Agent, you must become a full member of the IGSN e.V.

Roles and Responsibilities

    • Register IGSN and operate registration services
    • Apply for top-level namespaces from IGSN and assign sub-namespaces to its clients
    • Provide OAI-PMH interfaces for metadata harvesting
    • Follow best practices for IGSN allocation, syntax and metadata
    • Ensure persistent access to the metadata record of the registered IGSN and ensure the persistence of the Allocating Agent’s sample catalogue. In future, Allocating Agents will be asked to prepare a contingency plan for the case that the Allocating Agent is going out of business.
    • Ensure uniqueness of the allocated IGSN and make best effort at avoiding co-reference of IGSNs
    • Participate in the IGSN General Assembly

A failure to comply with the roles and responsibilities may result in the termination of the membership.

Sources for additional information


List of current IGSN e.V. Allocating Agents

See our Resources page for information on how to obtain IGSNs.

Learn more about membership in the IGSN e.V.
For questions and membership application, please contact info@igsn.org