ICAN is a community of practice of organizations who have been meeting over the past two years to scope and implement data interoperability approaches to coastal web atlases (CWAs). The mission/strategic aim of ICAN is to share experiences and to find common solutions to CWA development (e.g., user and developer guides, handbooks and articles on best practices, information on standards and web services, expertise and technical support directories, education, outreach, and funding opportunities, etc.), while ensuring maximum relevance and added value for the end users.

ICAN Newsletters

ICAN Newsletters

The Newsletter of the International Coastal Atlas Network is published twice a year, in March and September. Articles are solicited and should be sent to Andrew Sherin, Editor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by the first day of the month of publication. Previously published newsletters are available at www.oceandocs.org in the ICAN Newsletter Collection or by following the links below.

Volume 1

ICAN Newsletter March 2012

ICAN Newsletter September 2012

Volume 2

ICAN Newsletter March 2013

ICAN Newsletter September 2013

Volume 3

ICAN Newsletter March 2014 

ICAN Newsletter September 2014 

Volume 4

ICAN Newsletter March 2015 

ICAN Newsletter December 2015

Volume 5

ICAN Newsletter March 2016 





Newsletter, Vol, 8, Nr 1 - Now Available!

Join us in Santa Marta, Colombia!

The ICAN 8 workshop: Coastal Web Atlases – Enhancing Ocean Literacy, Santa Marta, Colombia, 11-12 September 2017 will explore how a coastal web atlas (CWA) can contribute to and support ocean literacy initiatives and will examine the role of CWAs in advancing ocean literacy with different audiences. Ocean literacy is the understanding of the ocean's influence on you and your influence on the ocean