ISRIC - World Soil Information

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General information
Description ISRIC - World Soil Information is an independent foundation. As regular member of the ICSU World Data System it is also known as World Data Centre for Soils (WDC-Soils). ISRIC was founded in 1966 through the International Soil Science Society (ISSS) and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). It has a mission to serve the international community with information about the world’s soil resources to help addressing major global issues. ISRIC operates on three priority areas: - soil data and soil mapping - application of soil data in global development issues - training and education.Additional names: World Data Centre for Soils, WDC Soils. re3data record:
Organisation ISRIC - World Soil Information
Type of service Storage facility
Legislation Netherlands
Usage and appreciation 8000 maps; 15.000 reports and books ; digital databases. Information retrieved 23-10-2018.See:
Support organisation ISRIC - World Soil Information
Stage in the research project During, After
Postion within the research process1. Creating data, 2. Processing data, 3. Analysing data, 5. Giving access to data, 6. Re-using data
Domain 3. Shared Research Domain
Type of data 1. Raw data and data sets, 2. Data collections and structured databases, 4. Publications with data
Data curation1. Create or Receive, 2. Appraise & Select, 3. Ingest, 4. Preservation action, 5. Store, 6. Acces, use and re-use, 7. Transform
Data classification Klasse 3 voor openbare informatieMainly for education and scientific research (klasse 3)
Administrative information
Funding NL Governement and project-based
Depositor agreement ICSU-WDS regular member
User agreement Data Policy
Policy Long-term data stewardship' as WDC
Intellectual property ISRIC aims for full and open exchange of primary data*, metadata* and derived data* respecting relevant international and national policies and legislation with regard to intellectual property of the data and personal information. 2.At the date of providing data to ISRIC, the data do not infringe on any intellectual property rights, including without limitation any copyright or patent right of third parties; data provider is not prohibited by the terms of any agreement to which it is a party from providing the data to ISRIC; data provider has not granted licenses, options, restrictions, liens, or rights to third parties that would restrict the provision of data to ISRIC; and data provider is not involved in any disputes, proceedings or claims that would restrict the provision of data to ISRIC.
Data curation strategy
Target group
Faculty Science
Primary target group Scientific community
Secondary target group Educational purposes
Classification of the service
Availability long-term stewardship: analog collections (on-site, week days) & digital collections/services (on-line, 24*7) 
Confidentiality As defined by data provider in the metadata
Accepted metadata formats ISO 19115:
Dublin Core:
Accepted content types Many
Accepted preferred formats Many
Accepteerde file formats Many
Maximum size of deposits Total repository now some 2-3 TB (?)
Version management Yesvia IT dept.
Quality control Routine procedures for data-screening, in-pedon consistency, map validation ...
Access requirements Generally free (login for some data sets, largely to know our user community)
Tools / Interfaces for access via ISRIC website
(Persistent) identifiers DOIISN (for library holdings), DOI for peer-reviewed data sets (to be developed further)
Long term guarantees Yes, ICSU-WDS regular member, see
Complies with international standards for trusted repositories Not certified
Preservation strategy ICSU-WDS
Storage Shared soil data are processed freely (aslo COFUR principles)
Access None (in accordance with defined data licence)
Preservation Suitable soil-related materials are accomodated freely in our repository / databases (generally in the context of externally funded projects)
Special conditions
Agreements with Leiden University none (in accordance with defined data licence)
Risks See