Annual meeting of the International Network of Soil Information Institutions (INSII)

21 Oct 2019

Our colleagues Rik van den Bosch, Bas Kempen and Luis de Sousa are in Rome (21-23 October 2019) to attend the annual meeting of the International Network of Soil Information Institutions (INSII). INSII will review progress with the implementation of Pillar 4 on ‘Soil information and data’ of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP).

The Pillar 4 working group is developing a Global Soil Information System (GLOSIS) that will bring together soil data from disparate holdings across the globe in a federated way, using a common ‘language’ for exchanging soil data via the web.

ISRIC, in its capacity of GSP ‘Soil Data Facility’, provides the technical lead for developing and implementing the spatial data infrastructure for GLOSIS and the related data exchange services; progress will be presented during the meeting.

Ultimately, once populated, GLOSIS may be used to generate a range of thematic maps for the world, for example on soil threats.