Title: Evaluating Adequagy and Usability of Soil Maps in Croatia
Authors: HENGL TOMISLAVHUSNJAK Stjepan
Citation: SOIL SCIENCE SOCIETY OF AMERICA JOURNAL vol. 70 p. 920-929
Publisher: SOIL SCI SOC AMER
Publication Year: 2006
JRC N°: JRC31413
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC31413
Type: Articles in Journals
Abstract: The paper offers a methodological framework for evaluating adequacy and usability of soil maps by analyzing the following ten aspects: lineage, consistency, completeness, effective scale, attribute accuracy, thematic contrast, accuracy of legends, integrity, popularity and accessibility. The framework was used to evaluate the national soil resource inventory in Croatia, to find out why the maps are not used to the full potential. The major usability problems identified were lack of specific interpretations corresponding to user needs, unpopularity of soil survey concepts, inconsistency of methodology and unclear distribution policy. The evaluation can be used to decide how to improve the usability of the existing datasets and design methodological steps for a new survey by involving end users in designing the methodology.
JRC Institute:Institute for Environment and Sustainability

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