Soil Ontologies and Informatics

From Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP)

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.

The primary organizational document for this cluster is here with the call schedule and relevant resource documents.

Get Involved

  • Email List:[1]
  • Wednesday community calls every two weeks and rotate between 1700 UTC and 2300 UTC. [2]


  • Meeting Notes with agenda and call-in information [3]
  • Cluster Proposal: [6]
  • Living purpose document: [7]
  • YouTube: [8]