Data collation and harmonisation

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Description of work

With the role of data provider for the project, the WP2 team collated together extensive, harmonized datasets for each of the five soil functions. Key members of the consortium team have provided both large scale national soil datasets and extensive experimental field trial data. The collation and harmonisation of this data was an iterative process throughout the project, but focuses on developing harmonised datasets on soil physical, chemical, biological, landscape, climatic and management attributes for the main climate zones across Europe.

This has been a teamwork and has brought together data from 8 countries and over 33,000 spatial data points, with a range of data information. In addition to this European maps are included in the DataWareHouse.


  1. Definition of the data requirements of WP3 understanding soil functions and WP4 Functional Land Management
  2. Collation of defined data from national and international data sources on soil, climate, land use and management practices
  3. Harmonization of the collated data according to international standards and terminology
  4. Generation of diagnostic categories on soil properties, classes on land use and management and climatic indicators, applicable for the soil function studies
  5. Integration input and output in a Data Warehouse to allow for data sharing within the consortium and data maintenance and accessibility on the longer term.

To ensure that all this data are managed and stored in an appropriate manner, a data management plan was developed and agreed to by all LANDMARK team members and a Data Warehouse was established at INRA, from which data marts could be provided to the rest of the project team.  The project data contact and database manager is Nicolas Saby (INRA).


go to the LANDMARK DataWareHouse


Infographic of the process undertaken under WP2:

There wasa constant requirement for updates between consortium partners and the available data of WP2, this needed careful management of human resources and strong communication within the project team. The WP2 team provided support to the development of WP3, WP4 and especially the three outcomes of WP5 ( the Soil Navigator DSS, the monitoring schema for soil functions and the 11 policy options for Functional Land Management).



  • The D2.3 deliverable will be public in 2020
  • A paper on diagnostic features in under a review.