Realizing the need to conserve the information on existing maps, which underpin the fast-developing thematic mapping strategies to support soil protection, the Institute of Environment and Sustainability (IES) in the European Commission (Italy) and ISRIC — World Soil Information initiated the European Digital Archive of Soil Maps (EuDASM). The immediate objective is to transfer soil information into digital format, with the maximum resolution possible, to preserve the information of paper maps that are vulnerable to deterioration.
EuDASM provides access to an on-line collection of soil and related maps for Africa, Asia, Canada, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the United States of America.; all maps were scanned in high-resolution. They may also be consulted through the ISRIC - World Soil Library.