ICAN Workshop 3 and EEA Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, July 2008
Submitted by dawn on 21 October 2008 - 1:11am
Over recent years, there has been significant development in various countries worldwide of national and regional coastal atlases based on web-enabled geographic information systems (GISs). These internet-based resources (also known as coastal web atlases) are of great value to decision makers, scientists and anyone interested in coastal environmental issues.
Experts gathered this summer to influence the further development of such atlases at the third international coastal mapping and informatics workshop and European conference, scheduled back-to-back on 7-11 July 2008 at the European Environment Agency (EEA) in Copenhagen, Denmark. The technical workshop was organized by the emerging International Coastal Atlas Network(ICAN), and followed the transatlantic workshops “Potentials and Limitations of Coastal Web Atlases” (University College Cork, Ireland, 2006) and “Coastal Atlas Interoperability” (Oregon State University, USA, 2007). The EEA coastal atlas conference followed the workshop and had the objective to inform EEA partners about the development of coastal atlases.
At the workshop in Cork, a number of coastal web atlases from North America and Europe were presented and various issues related to their development were discussed. At the second workshop in Oregon, expert participants learned how to use controlled vocabularies and ontologies in order to build a common approach to managing and disseminating coastal data, maps and information. This workshop stimulated the development of a demonstration (proof-of-concept) prototype to inter-relate metadata and other information between two coastal web atlases (the Marine Irish Digital Atlas or MIDA) and the Oregon Coastal Atlas or OCA). The prototype uses Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) standards, namely Catalogue Services for the Web (CSW), with registered Web Map Services (WMS). The proof-of-concept demonstration may be useful for informing the development of an Atlas of the Seas for the European Union and regional networks of coastal web atlases.
The ICAN workshop on 7-9 and 11 July 2008 focused on:
1. exhibiting the atlas interoperability proof-of-concept, in development since summer 2007, and validating first outcomes;
2. informing and attracting a larger population of potential stakeholders of the activity, and promoting an exchange of related developments in coastal and ocean information services;
3. developing a long-term strategy for effective governance of ICAN and design of further applications.
Participants included ICAN representatives from relevant institutions developing coastal atlases and networks in Belgium, Ireland, South Africa, UK, USA, and beyond (including the emerging Caribbean Marine Atlas and the African Marine Atlas).
Further information and updates of relevant materials can be found on the workshop series web site: workshop1.science.oregonstate.edu, where presentations and findings of previous workshops have been published.
EEA/EIONET Press Release on ICAN 3
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