About the EJP Soil data provider guidance


Paul van Genuchten

Fenny van Egmond


April 11, 2023

The EJPSoil project includes a work package dedicated to empower soil data providers in harmonizing and publishing soil data. This cookbook is one of the tools. Other tools provided are the EJPSoil Catalogue.

This cookbook is a collaborative effort to collect and describe hands-on good practices on data assimilation in the Soil domain, with a focus on Europe. The INSPIRE directive has been and is an important effort for standardisation in the environmental data domain, therefore this WIKI has a lot of links to INSPIRE sources. Because INSPIRE adopts industry standards, this cookbook does reference common standards from ISO TC211, Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), Global Soils Partnership (GSP), International Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) and World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), giving it a global relevance.

The term data assimilation has been chosen by the autors as an alternative to the terms harmonisation and standardisation, which already have a specific meaning in the soil domain:

The cookbook has been initiated by ISRIC - World Soil Information and Wageningen University as part of 2 workshops for Soil Data Providers, held in 2022 and 2023 in the scope of the EJPSoil project. The EJPSoil project has received funding from the European Union’s horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 862695.

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