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The objective of the HWSD-Viewer is to provide a simple tool to consult the data contained in the Harmonized World Soil database. The HWSD consists of a 30 arc-second (or ~1 km) raster image and an attribute database in Microsoft Access 2003 format. The raster image file is stored in binary format (ESRI Band Interleaved by Line - BIL) that can directly be read or imported by most commercial GIS and Remote Sensing software. For more advanced consultation or data extraction of the HWSD, it is recommended to use such commercial software tools.