Of late, technological advancements permit to store, retrieve and distribute soil information more effectively and durable than the traditional paper formats. These developments necessitate safeguarding the older information and making it accessible through new means. The initiative taken by JRC/IES at Ispra (Italy) in cooperation with ISRIC - World Soil Information in Wageningen (the Netherlands) - to digitize soil map archives in order to preserve the analogue data - is a start to create a European archive of soil and soil-related maps with global coverage (the European Digital Archive on the Soil Maps – EuDASM). Such an archive will be of particular benefit to the developing world where much soil information is threatened to be lost through deterioration, and to international conventions dealing with wise use of the world’s biophysical resources.
Organisations wishing to join this initiative and add their archives to EuDASM are encouraged to do so.