Articles | Volume 6, issue 1
SOIL, 6, 89–94, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-6-89-2020
SOIL, 6, 89–94, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-6-89-2020

Short communication 04 Mar 2020

Short communication | 04 Mar 2020

A new model for intra- and inter-institutional soil data sharing

José Padarian and Alex B. McBratney

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Short summary
Data sharing and collaboration are critical to solving large-scale problems. The prevailing soil data-sharing model is of a centralized nature and, consequently, results in the participants ceding control and governance over their data to the lead party. Here we explore the use of a distributed ledger (blockchain) to solve the aforementioned issues. We also describe the potential use case of developing a global soil spectral library between multiple, international institutions.