Provision of metadata of European agricultural long-term experiments through BonaRes and EJP SOIL collaboration

Donmez C. , Blanchy G., Svoboda N., D'Hose T., Hoffmann C., Hierold W., ...More

DATA IN BRIEF, vol.42, 2022 (Journal Indexed in ESCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 42
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.dib.2022.108226
  • Title of Journal : DATA IN BRIEF
  • Keywords: Long-term experiments, Europe, BonaRes, EJP SOIL, Agriculture, LTE, FAIR data principles


Agricultural Long-Term Experiments (LTEs) are crucial agricultural research infrastructures for monitoring the long term effects of management and environment on crop production and soil resources. We have compiled the meta-information of 616 LTEs from 30 different countries across Europe with a duration of typically 20 years, including clustered information of the European LTEs in different categories (management operations, land use, duration, status, etc.). It consists of the updated version of the dataset published by Grosse et al., (2020) but is extended by further LTE metadata, categories and research themes. Each set of metadata consists of up to 49 different attributes (categorical or numeric). Collected attributes were analyzed according to several research themes, including fertilization, crop rotation and tillage treatments. The collection of individual metadata was enlarged by the recent agreement between the BonaRes ( and EJP SOIL ( groups into the most comprehensive dataset in Europe, providing access to LTE and other, shorter running experiments. This dataset centralized past and existing information usually dispersed across several national actors. As such, it provides an extensive database that can be used by decision-makers, scientists, LTE owners and the public. The dataset can be updated in the future to foster networking and information exchange continuously. (C) 2022 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Inc.