World Soil Profiles, developed by ISRIC - World Soil Information, aims to enhance the collation of legacy (historic) data. The most valuable source of legacy soil data are field observations with laboratory analyses held in survey reports; sites may have been selected using purposive or random sampling. To facilitate archiving, harmonization and use of such data, ISRIC is implementing a system that will allow input and maintenance of international soil profile data that countries or user communities would like to share. Contributors may choose whether to make their data freely available or to retain control on access and usage under ISRIC's data policy.
Different graphical user interfaces are being developed, some of which may also be run in offline mode, for example in locations with limited internet access. All interfaces are connected/synchronized to our WoSIS database backend, which runs as a PostgreSQLl/PostGIS data bases.