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European Digital Archive of Soil Maps (EuDASM): Metadata of the Soil Maps of Asia

Funded under: FP6-JRC

Abstract

The European Digital Archive of Soil Maps (EuDASM) was initiated by the MOSES (Monitoring the State of European Soil) action team members of the Soil and Waste Unit (SWU) in the Institute of Environment and Sustainability (IES), located at the Joint Research Centre (JRC), Italy in collaboration with ISRIC � World Information Centre, Wageninegen, The Netherlands to establish a global digital inventory of the existing soil maps of the World. The EuDASM aims in developing a common platform to conserve the soil maps and the information underlying in them by adapting the modern technological tools and make it accessible to the global research communities (Selvaradjou et al., 2005).
The objective of the EuDASM initiative is to collect, organize and distribute the soil information existing in the soil maps (Soil map information and their subsequent proper metadata) to the global research communities. Primarily, this programme directs focus on the developing countries that are under serious threat of losing their soil maps either due to lack of proper support to maintain the existing storage and retrieval system or due to the decent of former institutions that were the former legalized holders of such the soil maps over the years. Especially, in the countries of African continent, parts of Asia and Latin America, which were the ancient colonized nations, had their soil map holding scattered all around the world. The knowledge of these countries on the information of the existence of their soil maps elsewhere that they have lost or unknown is meager. The international organizations like ISRIC, FAO etc. which had been making enormous efforts over many decades to collect and archive the soil maps especially in the developing countries, remains to be the kingpin at present to deliver such unknown information to the host itself and to the global public research communities. Nevertheless, EuDASM also covers archiving of pedo-maps pertaining to all developed nations.

Additional information

Authors: SELVARADJOU S-K, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Ispra (IT);MONTANARELLA L, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Ispra (IT);FILIPPI N, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Ispra (IT);DOMINIK S, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Ispra (IT);SPAARGAREN O, ISRIC - World Soil Information, Wageningen (NL);DENT D, ISRIC - World Soil Information, Wageningen (NL)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 21820 EN (2005), 204 pp. Free of charge
Availability: Available from European Commission, JRC Knowledge Management Unit, Ispra (IT) Tel: +39 033278 9893 Fax: +39 033278 5409 E-mail: jrc-info@ec.europa.eu or Bruxelles (BE) Tel: +32 2 295 76 24 Fax: +32 2 299 63 22
Record Number: 200718910 / Last updated on: 2007-03-16
Category: PUBLICATION
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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