Soil Datasets > Applications - Services
A number of mapping services have been developed in order to
serve the public user.
One Important component of European Soil Data Centre is the Map Viewer which is a web-based application that allows the user to navigate the European Soil
Database and other important data layers hosted in the European Soil Data Center(ESDAC).
The Map viewers have also been configured as Web Map Service (WMS), a feature that allows WMS clients to request map layers from the European Soil Portal which can then be combined with layers from other WMS servers, located in other parts of the world. In order to guarantee interoperability, the developed services are based on international standards, as promoted by the INSPIRE initiative.
The ESDAC Map Viewer (Figure) allows the user to navigate key soil data for Europe. It provides access to the attributes of the European Soil Database and some additional data related to main soil threats as identified in the Soil Thematic Strategy. The ESDAC Map Viewer is developed according to standards so that they are interoperable with similar information allowing real-time integration of environmental data from around the world.
| European Soil Data Center MapViewer integrates the European Soil Database layers and some other soil layers in one single web-based application.
The public user may navigate and select each of the:
- 70 layers of the European Soil Database;
- Important data layers described in the proposal for a framework Directive (COM(2006) 232);
- Data related to general Administrative issues (Ancillary Data) ;
- Layers from the European Forest Data Center (EFDAC).
The public user may interact through map operations and navigate in the proposed layers: Zoom In, Zoom Out, Pan, Identify, Select, Query, Download and Print.
Web mapping applications that give access to data and information for specific soil themes (such as erosion, organic carbon content, pH, Compaction, Salinization) and to european Soil Datbase Attributes
Interoperability and Web Mapping Service (WMS) : In the Soils Portal, WMS services have been developed in the context of INSPIRE , compliant with INSPIRE principles and Open GIS Consortium standards. In practice, this means that the SOMIS (Soil database attribute), PESERA (Soil Erosion) and OCTOP (Organic Carbon) layers can be viewed through any Web Mapping Service Client (WMS Standalone or Web viewer, ESRI ArcGIS). Metadata are also Available.
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