The Soil Data Working Group will promote the sharing of soil-related data through web services. It will advocate for targeted open soil data, building on defined use cases by GODAN stakeholders and members. The working group will closely interact with other initiatives related to the development of open soil standards promoting the exchange of digital soil data (OGC, ISO), and support and utilize these. Activities will build on, support, provide and use components of the global soil information system under the Global Soil Partnership (GSP).
The working group will seek to advocate for open soil data. Such data, available for a broad user community, designed for specific needs, will strengthen the capacity for innovative soil and interdisciplinary, agricultural research, around the globe.
This working group has the vision to become the key driver for building a soil e-infrastructure looking at various aspects of the soil data life cycle.
Related GODAN ‘Pillars’ (from Statement of Purpose)
- Pillar 1 - advocate for new and existing open data initiatives to set a core focus on agriculture and nutrition data;
- Pillar 2 - encourage the agreement on and release of a common set of agricultural and nutrition data;
Related GSP ‘Pillars’
- Pillar 3 – Promote targeted soil research and development focusing on identified gaps and priorities and synergies with related productive, environmental and social development actions
- Pillar 4 - Enhance the quantity and quality of soil data and information: data collection (generation), analysis, validation, reporting, monitoring and integration with other disciplines
- Pillar 5 Harmonization of methods, measurements and indicators for the sustainable management and protection of soil resources
Start date and anticipated duration
The group will be created during the GODAN Summit in September 2016.
The future global soil information system, as designed by the Global Soil Partnership, will be building on the principle of a distributed system: soil data will be shared via web services (WMS, WFS, WCS) using ISO/OGC standards. Such standards are also accepted core elements of the architectural principles for building a global earth observation system of the systems (GEOSS).
Technically, a global standard for web based soil data exchange is in development (revision of ISO 28158 SoilML). This development is supplemented by a recent OGC interoperability exercise. These activities provide precise insight into the needs to development a globally accepted exchange standards (see also GSP Pillar 5 Plan of Action http://www.fao.org/3/az922e ). This GODAN working group will ensure that a significant stakeholder group will be involved in the current process (GSP, ISO, OGC), so that a truly global exchange standard can be developed and agreed.
The GODAN working group members will develop use cases based on their specific needs for soil data, but also experiences in providing targeted soil information. The WG could become a significant driver to agree on a model including user friendly transformation services. Such services would allow a broad user community to provide and utilize open, shared soil data.
- ISO 28258
- FAO soil information assessment 2012
- GSP Pillar3, 4 and 5 Plans of Action, Pillar 4 Implementation Plan, Pillar 5 draft Implementation Plan
- Report of the OGC Soil Interoperability Experiment (AG Domain WG) 2016
- Identified open data soil data sets
- Web-based exchange of digital soil data is operational
- Positive feedback and added value reported by GODAN stakeholders
- Stakeholder requirements report: includes the definition of GODAN use cases
- List of open data soil data sets
- Operational soil information model finalized
- Test bed established: transformation of local data, data sharing using SoilML (WMS and WFS for key data sets)
- Stakeholder feedback report
Membership & relationships
All GODAN Partners are eligible to be members of this group.
All GSP Pillar 3, 4 and 5 partners are eligible to be members.
This group reports to the GODAN Partnership and GSP through its appropriate mechanisms.