- Published: 16 February 2017 16 February 2017
ICAN is very pleased to announce that "ICAN - Best Practice Guide to Engage your Coastal Web Atlas User Community" is now available as IOC Manuals and Guides No. 75
We have compiled this best practice user interaction guide because successful interactions with potential Coastal Web Atlas (CWA) users during the development of any CWA are as vital for the success of the resource as the continued interaction with existing audiences to ensure longevity and continued use. This hand book is conceived as a practical “cookbook” and was compiled by gathering information from ten atlas developers as well as extracting relevant information from ICAN workshop reports. The information has been summarised and analysed leading to two sets of recommendations, one focused on the development of new atlases and the other focused on how to maintain interactions with audiences of already developed atlases. We hope that the handbook will therefore allow both new and established CWA developers and hosts to benefit from best practice examples as well as learn from experienced challenges, in order to increase capacity to successfully interact with user communities and target audiences, while managing coastal and marine data and information in a user friendly way. The final product is a resource that hopes to complement and link to a variety of OceanTeacher activities, support IODE training in courses, thereby being of value to all who manage and present marine data and information.
- Published: 15 June 2016 15 June 2016
The 7th IODE International Coastal Atlas Network Project Workshop (ICAN 7) was held at the Protea Hotel Breakwater Lodge in Cape Town, South Africa from 19-20 April 2015, in advance of CoastGIS 2015. The theme of ICAN 7 was Coastal Web Atlases - Supporting Ecosystem Based Management.
The objective of ICAN7 covered the following items:
- Exploring the opportunities for CWAs to support the objectives of managing and protecting LMEs
- Discussing the challenges of atlas development and usage in the African Coastal Atlas community
- A session on “Interoperability for Dummies” which aims to demystify coastal atlas interoperability and highlight the benefits of interoperability
- A small “workshop within a workshop” for atlas technical developers on how to become a new node in the ICAN interoperability demonstrator, using the updated cookbooks
- A small "workshop within a workshop" on data accessibility, self-assessment and interacting with users, including a progress update on the user handbook
- Review of communication activities within ICAN
- Face-to-face meeting of the ICAN Steering Group
Key achievements since ICAN6
Since March 2013, ICAN is an official Project of the International Oceanographic Data & Information Exchange (IODE) programme of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC). This workshop will provide an opportunity to discuss how coastal web atlases (CWA) can assist in implementing ecosystem based management approaches.
This is particularly pertinent as the African continent is surrounded by five Large Marine Ecosystems (LMEs) (the Agulhas and Somali Current, the Benguela Current, the Canary Current, the Mediterranean Current, the Guinea Current) all requiring sustainable management and protection. As this is the first time the workshop is being held in Africa, it is a great opportunity to hear about developments from the ODINAFRICA Coastal and Marine Atlas community.
This workshop follows the successful ICAN6 workshop: “Expanding Participation in Coastal Web Atlas Development and Use”, held at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, in 2013; as well as five previous workshops held in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011.