SoilIEML interoperability experiment

Soil data exchange and analysis is compromised by the lack of a widely agreed
international standard for the exchange of data describing soils and the sampling and
analytical activities relating to them. Previous modeling activities in Europe and
Australasia have not yielded models that satisfy many of the data needs of global soil
scientists, data custodians and users. This IE evaluated existing models and proposed a
common core model, including a GML/XML schema, which was tested through the
deployment of OGC web services and demonstration clients. IE time constraints and
limited participant resources precluded extensive modeling activities. However, the
resulting model should form the core of a more comprehensive model to be developed by
a future OGC Soil Data Standards Working Group.
Soil IE engineering report available at



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