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NASIS Basic (NRCS-NEDC-000180)

This training will provide soil scientists with skills needed to perform basic soil survey data entry and management using the NASIS software.


Upon completion of this training, participants will be able to:

  • perform NASIS software interface navigation and operation procedures.
  • explain basic NASIS data concepts.
  • explain the difference between aggregated and point data.
  • explain the basic database structure and content.
  • perform soil survey data population and management using standard conventions.
  • perform data calculations and validations.
  • query the database, generate standard reports, and export data using existing scripts.
  • write basic queries.
  • use the NASIS online HELP system.


Prerequisites and Recommendation

Basic knowledge of soil survey data and procedures.


4 days.

Target Audience

National Cooperative Soil Survey soil scientists and other discipline specialists who have a need for understanding and using NASIS.

Equipment and Materials

For each participant:

  • NASIS Getting Started
  • NASIS Data Structure Diagrams
  • An X-terminal or equivalent emulator (Hummingbird) which is connected to a NASIS system and capable of running NASIS (at least one terminal for every two participants)
  • A login on the NASIS computer, and in NASIS itself


NEDC Contact

Tony Lovell

Technical Specialist

Paul Finnell


Go to AgLearn to request enrollment in NASIS Basic (NRCS-NEDC-000180).