Global Soil Information Facilities (GSIF)T. Hengl, H.I. Reuter, G.B.M. Heuvelink, N. Batjes, J. Leenaars, P. TempelWhy GSI...
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Poster "Global Soil Information Facilities"


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Poster "Global Soil Information Facilities"

  1. 1. Global Soil Information Facilities (GSIF)T. Hengl, H.I. Reuter, G.B.M. Heuvelink, N. Batjes, J. Leenaars, P. TempelWhy GSIF? Key principlesGlobal Soil Information Facilities --- is ISRICs initiative to build Open (publicly The following general key principles best explain design of GSIF:available) tools that can be used to enhance collation, harmonization and useof soil and covariate data to assist production and serving of up-to-date Crowd-sourcing --- Data collection in GSIF is based on soil information at high resolution (100 m). This global Soil Information Everyone collecting soil data or working with soil information is invited toSystem aims at serving global land use planning and global environmental contribute to some of the databases via data portals. These data willrisk assessment activities. then be reviewed and filtered by an international network of soil scientists. Ownership by authors --- Data entered to GSIF data portals will remain property of the original contributors (copyright holders and/or authors). FOSS --- GSIF is based on Free and Open Source Software (Linux, PHP, LaTeX, R, GDAL, GRASS, SAGA GIS, PostgreSQL, PostGIS, Python, Google Earth and similar). International reference --- Only internationally accepted standards (International System of Units, international soil classifications systems, FAO soil field description guides, WGS84, ISO standards) are supported at the back-end of the system. Reproducibility --- GSIF is based on automated procedures for mapping, pattern recognition and report/plots generation. All maps and reports produced as a part of GSIF are reproducible without human intervention. Open Access --- All ISRIC-generated soil field records, output maps and tools used to generate maps will be made publicly available (Open Fig. 1: Schematic example of using a Global Land Information system for site-specific decision Access) in near real-time. making. The future of GSIF is in crowd-sourcing the data input to farmers, agricultural extension Hidden complexity --- Complexity (statistical data processing steps, workers, high school pupils, ecologists and similar. coordinate systems, scale, uncertainty in the maps) will be either hidden from the users or communicated using efficient solutions.GSIF has been inspired by global environmental data initiatives such asGlobal Biodiversity Information Facilities, Global Land Cover mapping,OneGeology and similar. The main practical reason for GSIF is to build cyber-infrastructure to collate all existing legacy soil data, currently under threat ofbeing lost forever (!), and add value to such data by using it for mapping andmodeling purposes.The main users of GSIF will potentially be various international agencies andinitiatives such as and other international agriculturaldevelopment and research organizations such as FAO, CIAT, USAID, Inter-American Development Bank, World Bank. We also aim at NationalEnvironmental and Soil Survey agencies, and private entities and individuals,soil surveyors and soil scientists, but also farmers and agricultureengineers. Fig. 2: Proposed Global Soil Information Facilities components and their relations. Various GSIF components are being developed by the ISRIC team and collaborators. The most crucial components of GSIF --- Open Soil Profiles, Worldgrids, and GSIF R packages will be publicly released by mid 2012.ISRIC - World Soil Information, Wageningen UniversityPO Box 353, 6700 AJ Wageningen, the NetherlandsURL: http://www.isric.orgE-mail: {tom.hengl; hannes.reuter; gerard.heuvelink}