- Published: 14 September 2017 14 September 2017
More than 25 participants from 20 countries came to Santa Marta, Colombia on September 12, 2017 for the 8th ICAN workshop on “Coastal Web Atlases enhancing Ocean Literacy (OL)”. The workshop kicked off with an overview of the origins and development of ocean literacy initiatives around the world and followed up by outlining the underlying principles. Subsequent presentations covered a variety of themes ranging from how to communicate the risks of tropical storms in Central America, empowering local fishing communities in Brazil all the way to using classical literature within WebGIS content to raise appreciation of local coastal environments and to demonstrate the connectivity of inland areas to the sea. Lively discussions ensued on how Coastal Web Atlas development can support the variety of ocean literacy initiatives, which are emerging in the context of the UN Ocean Conferences call for action towards the SDG 14. The ICAN Steering Group and all participants of ICAN 8 would like to thank INVEMAR, Colombia’s Institute for Marine and Coastal Research, not only for hosting ICAN 8 but for the warm welcome and amazing hospitality, which made everyone feel welcome and contributed to the success of this workshop.
- 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.