For 12% of the soil components no newer information on soils than that could be extracted from the FAO-Unesco SMW was available. These components do not have a profile. This is e.g. the case in a larger part of Chile.
Most attributes in the various tables are complete or nearly so with the exception of bulk density in the horizon table. With only 40% measured, this attribute has the lowest occurrence. Another gap exists in the coordinates of the location of the profiles. In some countries such information could not be found (e.g. Argentina). Other attributes missing are elevation and date of description/sampling.
The map has been drawn on the topography of the original FAO-Unesco Soil Map of the World as available in digital and hardcopy form. Mapping units (SOTER units have been digitized in ARC/Info and the attribute data stored in a relational database system (compatible with most commercial software). A special input software package was compiled for entering attribute data and creating the appropriate tables.