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|Title:||Adapting Soil Data Bases Practices to the Proposed EU INSPIRE Directive|
|Type:||Articles in books|
|Abstract:||Harmonised and standardised spatial reference data are increasingly essential to support environmental policies (e.g. soil thematic strategy). However, soil databases often appear heterogeneous, lack common geographical references or are poorly documented (metadata). Analysis based on such data sets may generate inconsistent results that will not benefit the users. The opportunity to review and adapt soil-mapping practices came with the initiative taken by the European Commission to position the establishment and operation of an infrastructure for spatial information in Europe under a legal framework, the INSPIRE Directive. The proposed Directive includes minimum requirements for harmonising, documenting and disseminating spatial data. Member States will be asked to establish and operate infrastructures for different spatial themes in accordance with a set of technical guidelines still to be defined and approved. Over the last 10 years, the European Soil Bureau Network has gained much experience in establishing harmonised soil data for Europe and can, therefore, provide an ideal area of experimentation for the practical implementation of the recommended technical guidelines. This chapter reviews some of the changes to be made to the 1:1,000,000 scale European Soil Database to fulfil the INSPIRE requirements.|
|JRC Institute:||Institute for Environment and Sustainability|
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