About iRecord Soil

Key Features

  • Record all your soil sample data, reduce transcription errors
  • Securely store and keep track of your records
  • Explore dynamic maps, reports and graphs of your data
  • Contribute to science

Overview

iRecord Soil is a website and app for recording and storing your soil sample analysis information, including associated photos – you can register quickly and for free. Once you’ve registered, you can add your own soil sample records. The site is private and only you can see your records. Your data will be kept secure and will be regularly backed up. 

The goal of iRecord Soil is to monitor change in soil health through linking geolocation of samples with laboratory sample analysis. By sharing the data with researchers new understanding into soil health, crop productivity and land management can be obtained.

Why have we developed this site?

We have developed this site to support online collection and collation of high quality geolocated soil sample data.  The site is built around the individual recorder who can manage and see all their data in one place privately.

How does it work?

iRecord Soil has been developed using Indicia, an open-source and free toolkit for making it relatively easy to build websites for biological recording.  A key component of Indicia is a data warehouse that is a spatially-enabled, relational database to provide secure, standardised, rapid data input and reporting facilities.  iRecord Soil data is held within an Indicia warehouse hosted at the Biological Records Centre on behalf of the recording community.

What are our plans for future development?

We are committed to making a user-friendly and enjoyable website for contributing and maintaining soil health records.  We welcome feedback on your experiences from using the site, and suggestions for further improvements. 

Data integration

iRecord Soil can incorporate observations from other Indicia websites and smartphone applications developed by partner organizations who agree to provide data for research. In this way, Indicia-based websites and applications can be targeted to specific audiences with their own promotion and project ownership.  Indicia websites may have a local focus or more specific goals using specific methodologies.  Each Indicia website uses the same underlying data structure and so can be readily integrated and summarised across geographic areas. iRecord Soil is part of a family of applications and recording run by the Biological Records Centre (BRC).

Data accessibility

iRecord Soil data are stored in a secure database, are archived daily and held privately, i.e. no one else can see your records.

Who are we?

iRecord Soil is being developed by the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology in collaboration with the British Geological Survey. Development costs have been supplied through grants from the Natural Environment Research Council.

It is based on the iRecord wildlife recording system developed by  Biodiverse IT and the Biological Records Centre on behalf of the National Biodiversity Network (NBN), through funding from the Big Lottery project OPAL and the NERC Centre for Ecology & Hydrology.