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This paper describes the data distribution procedures proposed by the Information Access Working Group (IAWG) of the European Soils Bureau. The IAWG was set up in 1994 as part of the Soils Information Focal Point (SIFP), under the auspices of the Monitoring Agriculture with Remote Sensing (MARS) Project of the Joint Research Centre, Ispra. The need for European soil data, to assist with planning the sustainable use of land, has grown steadily since the 1970s. Potential uses will expand from the traditional areas of crop production and soil conversion into the utilities (water, gas and electricity supply) and the finance and environmental sectors. Data holdings are now viewed as valuable sources of income. Procedures for accessing the data should address ownership, intellectual property rights (IPR), controls and charges for commercial use. These procedures centre on the licensing of data, so a data license has been drawn up. The license is included as part of this document, together with a full list of contributors and a suggested authorization process. Versions of the Soil Geographical and Profile databases are now ready for distribution and the necessary authorization is in the process of being sought from the Contributing Organizations.

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Authors: JONES R J A, Cranfield University, Silsoe (GB);BUCKLEY B, Cranfield University, Silsoe (GB)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 17266 EN (1996) 35pp., FS, free of charge
Availability: Available from the Public Relations and Publications Unit, JRC Ispra, I-21020 Ispra (IT), Fax: +39-332-785818
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