SoilSpec4GG is pleased to release version 1.2 of the OSSL explorer and prediction engine. These applications are a work in progress and we have released them with the hope of receiving feedback that will enable us to improve the functioning and utility of services.
Use the OSSL Explorer to subset and explore data based on geographical filters (Geography tab) or the range of soil properties (Soil properties tab). Once applied the selection, you can download the data by clicking on the bottom right option 'Download now'. If you want to restart the filters, click 'Clear selection'. For accessing the full database by other means (programmatically), please check the instructions on OSSL database access .
For a brief introduction to the project, please visit the https://soilspectroscopy.org/.
Need help using OSSL Explorer or have feedback? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The OSSL is only possible through the hard work of many organizations that have produced and provided open high-quality soil data. Data-driven advances in soil science are reliant upon these soil collection efforts. We are extremely grateful to the USDA NRCS National Soil Survey Center – Kellogg Soil Survey Laboratory , ICRAF-World Agroforestry , ISRIC-World Soil Information , the Africa Soil Information Service (AfSIS) , funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the European Soil Data Centre , ETH Zurich for producing and providing the Central African Soil Spectral Library , Scion Research for producing and providing the dataset present in Garret et al. (2022) , University of Zurich for providing the dataset present in Schiedung et al. (2022) , and University of Novi Sad (Serbia) for providing the dataset from Jović et al. (2019).Data Use Policy and Guidelines License
If not specified otherwise, all data and results of data mining (models, visualizations and similar) available via the Open Soil Spectral Library (OSSL) are licensed under CC-BY-4.
SoilSpec4GG is a USDA-funded Food and Agriculture Cyberinformatics Tools Coordinated Innovation Network (USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Award #2020-67021-32467 ). This project brings together soil scientists, spectroscopists, informaticians, data scientists and software engineers to overcome some of the current bottlenecks preventing wider and more efficient use of soil spectroscopy.Database citation
Any publications using these data should cite the references listed here .
In addition, this database should be referenced as well (DOI representing all versions). If the data has changed since original publication, arising publications should cite the specific version used, ideally with a DOI associated with that version. Authors may contact Jonathan Sanderman (Woodwell Climate Research), Katherine Todd-Brown and/or Tom Hengl (OpenGeoHub foundation) to generate a release and associated DOI that matches the database version used.
In publications, please include some form of the following acknowledgement: “The Open Soil Spectral Library and associated services were developed with funding from USDA NIFA Award #2020-67021-32467.”Citation
Publication describing the production and uses of the OSSL is pending. For technical documentation please refer to:
Woodwell Climate Research Center, University of Florida, OpenGeoHub and contributors (2021). "Open Soil Spectral Library: technical manual " , https://soilspectroscopy.github.io/ossl-manual/ .
Last updated August 1, 2023
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The Open Soil Spectral Library is a work in progress. This first release is intended as a sounding board for feedback. The database and estimation services will continue to improve.
Please contribute to this project and help us make better tools for measuring and monitoring our soils and land!
This is how you can contribute:
Jonathan Sanderman, Woodwell Climate Research