Survey on digital management of physical samples and sample collections

The following is an invitation to participate in a survey identifying needs related to the digital management of physical samples and sample collections. This survey is being conducted by the IGSN 2040 team as part of a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

The survey should take about 15 minutes to complete. Please complete the survey no later than March 28th.

The survey can be found at this link:

We are interested in a wide range of physical samples produced by various disciplines, including but not limited to earth, environmental, life, material sciences, archaeology, and medical.

We hope to engage researchers across disciplines, and across the globe to provide information to be used for the development of services, tools, and documentation related to the management of samples. In particular, we are interested in the use (or potential use) of unique identifiers, such as IGSNs ( to manage samples. IGSN is an alphanumeric code that uniquely identifies samples and related sampling features. You do not need to be familiar with IGSNs to complete this survey.

If you have any questions about the survey, please contact Sarah Ramdeen at

Thank you in advance for your participation from the IGSN 2040 team: Jens Klump, Kerstin Lehnert, Lesley Wyborn, and Sarah Ramdeen. For more information about the IGSN 2040 project please see our presentation at the 2019 Winter ESIP meeting.