identifiers for geologic samples

Matt Jones jones at NCEAS.UCSB.EDU
Fri Jan 27 14:55:51 CET 2006

The earlier discussion on samples was valuable, especially regarding the
subsample/part-of issues when samples are taken apart and the
relationships need to be maintained.  I saw a talk in the last two weeks
by Kerstin Lehnert about the use of identifiers for geologic samples.
They seem to have many of the same issues that we do for biological
samples.  They have created a system called the "International Geo
Sample Number", which is a centralized sample registration service.
Interestingly, they invented their own syntax rather than using a
standard like LSID or DOI.  I though it might be interesting background
for those of you going to the meeting next week:

and here's a fossil plant sample as displayed in their registry:

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