Brief history of the group

  • Developed from a GlobalSoilMap.net information model meeting at ISRIC World Soil Information, Wageningen, The Netherlands in December 2009
  • Agreed to adopt the interoperability approaches of formalising the information model in UML with XML encoding for data transfer as well as re-using existing features and patterns where appropriate such as those found in GeoSciML and Observations and Measurements.
  • Considered links to existing project and regional initiatives
  • Was established by the International Union of Soil Science in August 2010 as a formal Working Group on Soil Information Standards under the Commissions of Pedometrics and Soil Geography to give the SoilML information model both scientific credibility and international standing.