Report on the establishment of the Global Soil Information System and report by the INSII chair | Neil McKenzie, CSIRO Australia
Neil McKenzie CSIRO Australia
International Network of Soil
Information Institutions (INSII)
Decisions of the 5th GSP Plenary
• Clarified arrangements for establishing the Global
Soil Information System (GLOSIS)
• Endorsed the GSP Soil Data Policy
• Endorsed the legal basis for a fully functioning
• Established INSII as per the Pillar Four Plan of
• Appointed the Chair of INSII (CSIRO Australia)
• Appointed the GSP Soil Data Facility (GSP SDF)
(ISRIC - World Soil Information).
Functions of the Global Soil
• Supply fundamental data sets for understanding
• Provide the global context for more local decisions
• Answer critical questions at the global scale.
June to December 2017
• Global Soil Organic Carbon Map
• Launch of the GSP Soil Data Facility
• INSII 3
• ~50 attendees
• Agreed on the annual work plan
• Delegated the Pillar Four Working Group (P4WG)
to manage operational aspects
January to June 2018
• P4WG is now meeting regularly
• See the GSP webpage for detailed agenda papers,
minutes and audio recordings of meetings
• All P4WG outputs will be considered at INSII 4.
• Draft technical specifications for GLOSIS
• Draft specifications for SoilSTAT
• Draft investment case for implementing Pillar Four.
• INSII 4 resolutions will come to the 7th GSP PA
Immediate challenges and factors
• Resolve the roles and responsibilities for developing
the Spatial Data Infrastructure.
• Avoid potential duplication in the support for
regional soil information systems.
• Improve institutional support and engagement
starting with the next INSII meeting in October.
• Secure $8.6M over 6 years to build GLOSIS.
Ingredients for success
• Increase participation and ensure benefits for all.
• Improve understanding and achieve consensus on
the processes for decision making.
• Develop greater trust between individuals and
institutions involved in the design and
implementation of GLOSIS.