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