Digital exchange of soil information across the globe requires standardisation

Soil Information Standards working group

Digital exchange of soil information across the globe requires standardisation. The IUSS working group on Soil Information Standards convened at ISRIC – World Soil Information to discuss different regional data exchange languages (Inspire ML, AusNZ-ML, and SoterML) and their rationale. The meeting (6-8 May 2013) was attended by invited soil scientist from Australia, New Zeeland, United Kingdom, Germany and the Netherlands.

Concepts for ML across the globe differ in the amount of information stored within or outside the concepts. ML ranges from well-connected “empty” concepts, where all the meta information (e.g., attributes, methods) is stored within the concepts by the data provider, to complete fully predefined concepts without any possibility for adding additional information. All these MLs are valid for their respective use cases and at the same time important with respect to developing globally consistent  soil data exchange models and standardisation models (e.g. ISO soil ML); future work will focus on setting up test beds and/or production environments.

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