Soil Standards

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ISRIC has a mission to "serve the international community with information about the world’s soil resources to help addressing major global issues." This process involves all stages of the data life cycle from data sampling in the field and laboratory analyses to collation into quality-assessed databases followed by data standardisation, analysis, modelling, and publication of the data. With partners, we are working towards the maintenance and development of new, internationally, recognised standards for handling soil data.


We are proactive in working groups of the International Union of Soil Science (IUSS), the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), GODAN (Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition), GlobalSoilMap,  and the Global Soil Partnership.

Ultimately, as indicated by RDA-CODATA, the ‘ability of the research community to share, access, and reuse data, as well as to integrate data from diverse sources for research, education, and other purposes requires effective technical, syntactic, semantic, and legal interoperability rules and practices’.  An important aspect here is that data should comply with FAIR principles; they should be ‘Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable’.

Main procedures and standards in use at ISRIC are described in the following report .


               In the soil science domain there is also a need for data exchange standards