Soil Ontologies and Informatics

From Federation of Earth Science Information Partners

The mission of the Soil Ontology and Informatics Cluster is to connect the soils research community and those whose research incorporates soils data to informatics tools for better research. We recognize that there are numerous international efforts ongoing to harmonize soil data collection and taxonomy, and we strive to support these efforts by streamlining communication within the community, providing use cases for standards, and providing a test bed for proposed tools. While developing new ontology and informatics tools is one possible outcome, where possible we will contribute to existing efforts. We remain committed to serving the international soils community.

We will do this by 1) promoting research exchange between the informatics and soil science community, 2) creating how-to resources and tools for soil data harmonization, and 3) targeted development of semantic resources such as ontologies and other informatics tools for soil science.


  • 24 March 2021 2300 UTC
    • Discussion lead: Kathe Todd-Brown (UF)
    • Pathways forward, see notes.
  • 10 March 2021 1700 UTC
    • Presentation: Emilio Mayorga (Applied Physics Laboratory, University of Washington)
    • “Cross-Site Soil and Microbial Ecology Cyberinfrastructure for the CZIMEA EarthCube Project”
  • 24 February 2021 2300 UTC



  • 7 April 2021 1700 UTC
    • Presentation from Kathi Schleidt and Tomáš Řezník
    • "Soil properties modelling for Global Soil Information System (GloSIS): Leveraging Existing standardized models"

Get Involved

  • Email List:[1]
  • Wednesday community calls every two weeks and rotate between 1700 UTC and 2300 UTC.
    • Join Zoom Meeting
    • See meeting notes for password.


  • Meeting Notes [2]
  • Cluster Proposal: [4]
  • Living purpose document: [5]

  • Chair:
    • Kathe Todd-Brown (University of Florida)
  • Co-Chairs:
    • Tanja Williamson (USGS)
    • Brandon Whitehead (Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research)
    • Dylan Beaudette (NRCS-USDA)