Title: European digital archive on soil maps (EuDASM): preserving important soil data for public free access
Authors: PANAGOS PanagiotisJONES ArwynBOSCO CLAUDIOKUMAR S.
Citation: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF DIGITAL EARTH vol. 4 no. 5 p. 434-443
Publisher: TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD
Publication Year: 2011
JRC Publication N°: JRC65740
ISSN: 1753-8947
URI: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17538947.2011.596580
http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC65740
DOI: 10.1080/17538947.2011.596580
Type: Articles in Journals
Abstract: Historical soil survey paper maps are valuable resources that underpin strategies to support soil protection and promote sustainable land use practices, especially in developing countries where digital soil information is often missing. However, many of the soil maps, in particular those for developing countries, are held in traditional archives that are not easily accessible to potential users. Additionally, many of these documents are over 50 years old and are beginning to deteriorate. Realising the need to conserve this information, the Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the ISRIC-World Soil Information foundation have created the European Digital Archive of Soil Maps (EuDASM), through which all archived paper maps of ISRIC has been made accessible to the public through the Internet. The immediate objective is to transfer paper-based soil maps into a digital format with the maximum possible resolution and to ensure their preservation and easy disclosure. More than 6,000 maps from 135 countries have been captured and are freely available to users through a user-friendly web-based interface. Initial feedback has been very positive, especially from users in Africa, South America and Asia to whom archived soil maps were made available to local users, often for the first time. Link: http://eusoils.jrc.ec.europa.eu/library/maps/country_maps/ list_countries.cfm
JRC Institute:Institute for Environment and Sustainability

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