ISRIC - World Soil Information is an independent, science-based foundation. The institute was founded in 1966 following a recommendation of the International Soil Science Society (ISSS) and a resolution of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). ISRIC has a mission to serve the international community with information about the world’s soil resources to help addressing major global issues. ISRIC is the International Council for Science (ICSU) accredited World Data Centre for Soils (WDC-Soils) since 1989 and it maintains the World Soil Museum.
In partnership, ISRIC operates in three priority areas:
soil data and soil mapping
application of soil data in global development issues
The new World Soil Museum has been officially opened on April 7th, 2014. The museum displays a selection of soil monoliths from all over the world. Multi-media facilities in the museum provide access to data on the global soil resources.
On May 10 the first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) dedicated to the topic of soils has started. ISRIC has been contributing to this unique learning and awareness-raising event with modules on soil functions and soil information.
From 9 to 13 May, ISRIC – World Soil Information successfully organized the fourth edition of the ISRIC spring school on mapping, classification and assessment of soils. This edition attracted 49 participants from 31 countries. Two parallel courses were run: Hands-on Global Soil Information Facilities (GSIF) and World Soils and their Assessment (WSA).
ISRIC updates its data policy to better support open data sharing
To better contribute to the growing international efforts towards full and open sharing of data, as advocated by ICSU-WDS, GEOSS, GODAN and other organizations, ISRIC – World Soil Information has updated its Data Policy.