ANSIS Project

As part of the National Soils Strategy, CSIRO is leading a 2 year $15m project with the Australian Government to redevelop our national soil information infrastructure.

The Australian National Soil Information System (ANSIS) will provide the mechanisms to access and federate soil data and information through a collaborative partnership. The ANSIS project will:

The ANSIS project will provide access to soil data from all over Australia, including remote places such as the Mitchell Catchment, Queensland, where a CSIRO scientist samples soil. Credit: CSIRO/Nathan Dyer.

  • Develop governance for ANSIS operation and participation
  • Deliver and manage soil data and information standards
  • Develop centralised and distributed soil data management systems for improved and trusted data exchange and use
  • Deliver web-based mechanisms for access and federation of soil data from multiple sources
  • Deliver tools and applications that enable discovery, visualisation, access and use of soil data and information products
  • Undertake national assessments utilising our national soil data to support policy, national reporting, industry/community and land manager use of soil information, and to show the value and benefits of ANSIS.

The ANSIS Project is a collaboration between governments, industry, farmer cooperatives, natural resource management groups, research and development corporations, universities, and other stakeholders.

The intention is for ANSIS to become a well-managed and ongoing national soil information infrastructure past the life of the project.

Benefits for all

Heathy soil helps grow our food, purify our water, support our infrastructure, and maintain vibrant ecosystems. Credit: Shutterstock.

In delivering an improved national soil information system, the ANSIS Project will provide the data and information required for Australians to better manage, restore and protect their soils.

ANSIS will support the measurement of the impact of land management practices and enable reporting on trends and changes in soil health over time, facilitating sustainable soil management.

With productive and resilient soils, our agricultural and natural ecosystems will thrive.