Data usage and citation

ISRIC – World Soil Information, through the World Data Center for Soils, is pleased to make available a range of soil geographic and attribute data.

Databases were compiled using uniform methods; analytical procedures and methods of soil preparation are given in the various databases together with the lineage of the source data.  Strict quality-control measures were applied in developing the various databases but ISRIC does not warrant that the data are error free (see Disclaimer). Incomplete characterization data were available for many soil profiles because only selected measurements were undertaken during the original surveys. 

You are welcome to use the databases but you should be aware that the assessment of the accuracy and applicability of each dataset is strictly a USER RESPONSIBILITY; ISRIC takes no responsibility for problems that may arise from use of the databases.


To acknowledge the scientists and/or organisations who have provided products, we request that you include a bibliographic citation to all ISRIC / WDC for Soils products that you use in your publications.
Please refer to the dataset documentation for suggested form of acknowledgement and citation. Citations should include: contributing investigators/authors; year of publication; product title; where available on-line (including URL); publisher; publisher's location; date accessed (for Web pages).

We request that you send us one reprint (or a PDF copy) of any publication that uses data received from our Centre; if reprints are not available please send a bibliographic citation or URL to your work through . This will help us to determine the type and level of use of the data we distribute and keep our product-related references up to date.

Materials developed by ISRIC are copyrighted, all rights reserved. Reproduction and dissemination of such materials for educational or non-commercial purposes are authorized without any prior written permission from the copyright holders provided the source is fully acknowledged. Reproduction of materials for resale or other commercial purposes is prohibited without prior written permission of the copyright holders. Applications for such permission should be addressed to: 
ISRIC - World Soil Information
PO Box 353
6700 AJ  Wageningen
The Netherlands

Note: Hyperlinks to non-ISRIC internet sites do not imply any official endorsement of or responsibility for the opinions, ideas, data or products presented at these locations, or guarantee the validity of the information provided. The sole purpose of links to non-ISRIC sites is to indicate further information available on related topics. Copyright for components owned by others than ISRIC must be honoured.