Kia ora,
You have been invited to participate in this survey as our records indicate you are or were a user of soil data maintained and managed by Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research, one of the Crown Research Institutes. You may be a potential user of our soil survey data in the future, and we are seeking your views. If you decide to participate, you will complete a survey about accessing soil data held in the National Soils Data Repository (NSDR). 

The survey should take no longer than 5-10 minutes to complete.
Please read the following information before deciding to participate.

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What is the National Soils Data Repository (NSDR)?
The NSDR is our data repository for soil observations, including soil analytical results. 

The NSDR contains the original National Soils Database (NSD), a set of 1,500 soil profiles from across the country. The NSD is recognised by the Government as a Nationally Significant Database and Collection. Currently, the NSD and the overseas database are the only publicly available soil point datasets.

For more background on the NSD, click here:

Survey Purpose
We are considering widening access beyond the NSD to the entire soil point data collection of the NSDR while being mindful of privacy concerns.

Particularly, we are seeking your feedback on the value of detailed soil observation data when limited locational information is provided.

Your responses will help shape how we provide access to our data through:

a)       Viewing the data on the NSDR website

b)      Downloading of data for use in your analysis, modelling, or decision making.

What happens to the information you provide?
Your responses are anonymous. By participating, you are giving consent for Manaaki Whenua to use your responses in our research.
This research has been approved by the Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research Social Ethics Committee (Approval 2122/19). For any questions regarding the ethics of this research, please contact Nick Kirk at