ISRIC - World Soil Information is an independent foundation. As regular member of the ICS World Data System it is also known as World Data Centre for Soils (WDC-Soils). ISRIC was founded in 1966 through the International Soil Science Society (ISSS) and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), with a mission to "help to increase the availability and use of soil data, information and knowledge to enable better decision making for sustainable land management around the world". Our work is organised according to four work streams: 1) Global soil information & standards, 2) Community of practice for soil information providers, 3) Products and services to support SLM (sustainable land management) decision making, and 4) Awareness, education and dialogues.
data.isric.org is our central location for searching and downloading soil data bases/maps from around the world. We support Open Data whenever possible, respecting inherited rights (licenses).