EuDASM's World Archive Digital Soil Map

For some 40 years old, ISRIC - World Soil Information has been providing significant support to the international scientific community by collecting and archiving of regional, national and global-scale maps of land and soil resources.

Although effective procedures for storage and maintenance, most organizations involved in fighting for the destruction of archival paper maps and quality of information it contains. Damage occurs due to various reasons which include the handling, transport, exposure to light, humidity and air pollution.



Recognizing the need to preserve information on existing maps, which supports the rapid development of strategies to support thematic mapping of land protection, the Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES) at the European Commission (Italy) and ISRIC - World Soil Information initiated the European Digital Archive of Soil Map (EuDASM) . Immediate objective is to transfer soil information into digital format, with resolution semaksimum possible, to keep the information from paper maps that are vulnerable to damage.

In addition to saving data, the archive is expected to evolve into a common platform for storing soil maps from around the world and make information easily accessible. Organizations that maintain soil map archives in paper form, and want to preserve it by transferring the information into digital form, are invited to join the program EuDASM.

The initiative for this program is taken by Dr Luca Montanarella of the European Joint Research Center and Dr Otto Spaargaren of ISRIC - World Soil Information in October 2004. The first level of success for this initiative demonstrated by the completion of approximately 2000 soil maps relating to the African continent. Through this program digitized map quality and accuracy of the information is preserved from further damage for future use by scholars of land resources.

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