ICAN CWA User Interaction Guide

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.

It's Official! ICAN Approved as an IODE Project

At the 22 nd Session of the International Oceano-graphic Data and Exchange (IODE) committeeof the UNESCO IntergovernmentalOceanographic Commission (IOC) that concluded inEnsenada, Mexico on 15 March 2013, ICAN was accepted as an official project of the IODE. A modest budget through until 2015 was also approved. In the recommendation leading to the approval, the IODE noted “with appreciation that ICAN has already influenced, guided and informed users on development and use of coastal and marine web atlases, through periodic workshops and international conferences held in 2006, 007, 2008, 2009, and 2011.” and acknowledged “the importance of atlases as interdisciplinary products that assist decision mak-ers .” The recommendation also encouraged Member States to support the development of IODE/ICAN


ICAN 7: Supporting Ecosystem Based Management

Cape Town, South Africa, 19-20 April 2015

The 7th International Coastal Atlas Network Workshop (ICAN 7) will be held at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)premises in Cape Town, South Africa from 19-20 April 2015, in advance of CoastGIS 2015. The theme of this year's workshop is Coastal Web Atlases - Supporting Ecosystem Based Management.

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 (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.

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ICAN Tech Team Member Roy Lowry receives IODE Achievement Award

Roy Lowry receives IODE Achievement AwardRoy has made numerous contributions to IODE over the past 3 decades beginning with the software to accompany General Format 3 (GF3) in the 1980s an early attempt at interoperability! The (GF3) system was developed by IODE as a generalised formatting system for the exchange and archival of data within the international oceanographic community. The next stage of Roy's career was spent compiling integrated data sets from major multidisciplinary oceanographic field programmes for UK, European and international projects, including leading the Joint Global Ocean Flux Study (JGOFS) Data Management Task Team. This also included a lot of work on controlled vocabularies which has evolved into one of his main areas of interest and impact. In particular, over the last 10 years or so, he has focused on the development of semantic infrastructure both in terms of technical and content governance. Roy is responsible for the semantic framework underpinning the EU SeaDataNet project (which includes IODE) and has also led the ontologies work package for the NETwork for MARine Environmental Data (NETMAR) project and the ICAN coastal erosion and water quality ontologies. One final area of Roy's influence which should be mentioned is his contribution to the emerging subject of data publication and citation, through his contribution to the workshops and case studies of the joint project establishedbetween SCOR, MBLWHOI and IODE to investigate this topic.