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|Title:||European Soil Portal: Soil Data Sharing in Europe|
|Authors:||PANAGOS PANAGIOTIS; VAN LIEDEKERKE MARC; MONTANARELLA LUCA|
|Citation:||Proceedings of the 5th Congress on Regional Geological Cartography and Information Systems p. 178-180|
|Publisher:||Institut Cartogràfic de Catalunya|
|Type:||Articles in periodicals and books|
|Abstract:||The European Soil Portal is the joint contribution of the European Commission and the European Soil Bureau Network (ESBN) to the building of a thematic spatial data infrastructure for soils. This portal, located at http://eusoils.jrc.it, is the place in which all relevant data and information regarding soils at European level has been collected. Furthermore it is a useful utility for the ESBN to promote its range of activities. The activities related to this portal are in line with activities related to the INSPIRE (Infrastructure for Spatial Information in Europe). INSPIRE deals, among others, with difficulties to identify, access and use available spatial information in Europe. The European Soil Portal has been considered as a success story of networking different soil information in European level. It is mainly built around the European Soil Database (ESDB), which consists of a number of components of which the Soil Geographical Database of Eurasia (SGDBE) at Scale 1:1,000,000 is one. It is a representation of the diversity and spatial variability of the soil coverage across Europe and its neighbouring countries.|
|JRC Institute:||Institute for Environment and Sustainability|
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