ICAN mini Workshop at CoastGIS

ICAN is hosting a mini-workshop at the CoastGIS workshop of Friday September 28th from 15:00 – 17:00 GMT

ICAN Mini Workshop - “Coastal Web Atlas Contributions to SDG goals”

The workshop will include presentations on recent ICAN member activities around the world, and will include a brainstorming session on the theme of “How can ICAN and CWA operators contribute to SDG14 and the Decade of Ocean Science?”. Presenters include:

  • Kathrin Kopke, University College Cork, Ireland
  • David Hart, University of Wisconsin Sea Grant, USA
  • Anja Kreiner, National Information and Research Centre, Namibia
  • Francisco Arias, INVEMAR, Columbia
  • Kathy Belpaeme, Provincie West-Vlaanderen, Belgium

The ICAN Steering Group will be using feedback from this mini-workshop to develop the next 2-year work plan for the network, and to pursue new opportunities for collaboration.

The full CoastGIS programme of  sessions can be found online here: 

https://www.uw.is/haskolasetur_vestfjarda/skraarsafn/skra/863/

Invitation to ICAN 8 - Final Agendas Posted

Preparations are complete and agendas have been finalized! We are excited to see everyone next week in Santa Marta. Safe Travels!


For those attending the Ocean Teacher Global Academy Course, please see the following invitation from the ICAN co-Chairs:

Dear Ocean Teacher Global Academy Participant:
The members of the International Coastal Atlas Network (ICAN) Steering Group invite you to participate in the ICAN8 workshop on 12 September, 2017. The theme of the workshop is Coastal Web Atlases and Ocean Literacy. You are also welcome to join us for the afternoon session of the ICAN Steering Group Meeting on 11 September, 2017 at 2:00 pm. Both events will be held at the INVEMAR facility in Santa Marta, Colombia and promise to compliment your OTGA experience as well as broaden your knowledge about ICAN.

We hope to see you there,

Marcia Berman (co-chair ICAN) Kathrin Kopke (co-chair ICAN)

 

ICAN 6 Program

Draft Program, ICAN-6 Workshop, 16 - 17 June 2013
University of Victoria, BC, Canada
“Expanding Participation in Coastal Web Atlas Development and Use”
TimeDay 1 - Sunday, 16 June 2013
ICAN as an IODE Project and Atlas Stories
Room: Cornett A120
8:30-9:00a Registration
  Social Sciences & Mathematics Building, Lower Foyer 
9:00-9:15a Welcome and Workshop Objectives
  Welcome Address, Rosaline Canessa, Department of Geography, uVIC Workshop Objectives & Agenda, Ned Dwyer, ICAN Chair
9:15-09:30a The IODE Context for ICAN
  What it means to be an IODE project: Practical considerations Peter Pissierssens, IODE
09:30-10:30a Coastal Atlas Training Needs and Opportunities Chair: Kathrin Kopke, CMRC, Ireland

ICAN 3 Program

ICAN Workshop 3, Copenhagen, Denmark, 7 - 9 and 11 July 2008 | International Coastal Atlas Network

MONDAY | TUESDAY | WEDNESDAY | THURSDAY | FRIDAY

Time

 

Day 1 - Monday, 7 July 2008

 

1:30-2:00p
Registration
Secretariat
2:00-2:15p
Opening Statement
ND to welcome participants and introduce RU
2:15-2:30p
Introduction to Workshop Objectives & Agenda
Review outcomes of workshops 1 & 2 (DW)
Agenda and objectives of Workshop 3 (ND)
Session I
Review of Ontology Prototype Development
Chaired by ND
2:30-3:15p
Presentation and Demo
Yassine Lassoued, Ned Dwyer (CMRC); Tanya Haddad (OCMP)
- Aims of prototype development
- How the work programme went
- Demonstration of prototype
- What was learned
- Next steps
- Discussion
3:15-3:45p
Coffee Break
Session II
ICAN and Emerging Maritime Policies
Chaired by RU
3:45-4:05p
European Policy Context/Overview
RU
- Integrated maritime policy
- EU Atlas of the Seas
- Formation of DG Mare
- European Marine Observation and Data Network or EMODNet
- Emerging GMES fast track MyOcean
4:05-4:30p
U.S. Initiatives
DW, Tony Lavoi, NOAA; Tim Nyerges, U-Washington
- West Coast Governors' Agreement on Ocean Health
- NOAA report on federated U.S. coastal atlases
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Global Research Alliance for Digital Data (GRADD)

Session III
Extending the ICAN Community
Chaired by DW
4:30-4:40p
Rationale for New Participants
DW
- Appropriate membership standards for ICAN
- New participants introduced, their goals and objectives
- Other international initiatives
4:40-5:00p
IODE Overview
Greg Reed, IODE
5:00-5:20p
Caribbean Atlas Developments
Greg Reed, IODE
5:20-5:40p
African Atlas Developments
Lucy Scott, South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity
~6:00p
Icebreaker reception sponsored by SeaZone

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Day 2 - Tuesday, 8 July 2008

 

Session IV
Marine Harmonisation Initiatives
Chaired by ND
Raise awareness of other projects, initiatives, and
groups doing work of relevance to ICAN.
9:15-10:10a
Europe
- ECOOP (Declan Dunne, CMRC)
- SeaDataNet (Roy Lowry, BODC)
- Marine SDI and Base Mapping Needs of Coastal Atlases
(Mike Osborne, SeaZone Solutions Ltd., UK)
10:10-10:30a
U.S.
- Wisconsin Sea Grant (David Hart)
10:30-10:45a
Other Regions
- Australia and the Pacific - (Greg Reed)
- Africa - (Lucy Scott)
10:45-11:15a
Coffee Break
Session V
ICAN Outreach and Training
Chaired by DW
11:15-11:30a
Training Workshops and Writing Opportunities
Yassine Lassoued, DW
- CMRC's experience at IODE MapServer Workshop for the Caribbean Marine Atlas
- Abstract submitted to Littoral 2008
- Extended abstract submitted to GIScience 2008
- Terra Cognita 2008 call for papers
- Manuscripts for Coastal Management on ICAN 1 and 2?
- New IGI book contract for
Handbook of Coastal Informatics: Web Atlas Design and Implementation
- CoastGIS 2009, Brazil
- Coastal Zone 09, Boston, MA
- Coastal GeoTools 09, Myrtle Beach, SC
Session VI
The Future of ICAN
Chaired by ND
11:30a-11:45a
Introduction to Breakout Groups
ND
- Introduction of aims of the groups and outline some of the issues to be discussed, with expected outcomes
11:45a-12:45p
Breakout Groups
All participants
- Technical (led by DW)
(e.g., metadata alignment and profiles, vocabularies, ontologies, OGC services)
- Strategic Planning/Funding (led by ND)
(e.g., interim and long-term funding initiatives, strategy document)
- Governance (led by Roy Lowry, John Pepper)
(e.g., proposed models, structure, remit)
GEOSS Example
12:45-2:00p
Lunch
2:00-2:40p
Breakout Groups (continued)
2:40-3:15p
Presentations of Breakout Deliberations
Strategic/Funding Governance
Technical:
Presentation | Follow-up Notes
Task/Timeline Spreadsheet
3:15-4:00p
Discussion
4:00-4:30p
Coffee Break
4:30-5:30p
Writing Groups
~7:00p
Dinner at EEA

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Day 3 - Wednesday, 9 July 2008

 

Session VII
ICAN Governance, Strategy, and Technical Development
Chaired by ND/DW
9:00-11:00a
Plenary Discussion Session
led by DW and ND
- Agreement on critical activities of ICAN, final governance structure and people assigned to roles. The interim and long-term strategies to be outlined, technical issues in coming year to be further discussed. Venue and goals for Workshop 4.
- Including time to introduce/discuss how ICAN will be represented within the EEA conference and our expectations for that conference
11:00a-12:00p
Break
12:00p-1:30p
Lunch
1:30-6:00p
EEA Conference
 
Dinner and evening activities on your own

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Day 4 - Thursday, 10 July 2008

 

9:00a-5:30p
EEA Conference
 
Dinner and evening activities on your own

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Day 5 - Friday, 11 July 2008

 

10:00a-1:00p
ICAN Workshop 3 Group to meet informally for further concluding discussions and way forward
Chaired by ND/DW
IMPORTANT!! ICAN Action Item Spreadsheet
 
Departure for most ICAN participants


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ICAN 3 Participants

ICAN Workshop and EEA Conference Participants - Copenhagen | International Coastal Atlas Network 

* = attended ICAN Workshop

Name Organisation Country E-Mail
Selorm Ababio* University of Ghana Ghana This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Juan Arévalo*
(ICAN only)
European Topic Centre Land Use and Spatial Information (ETC LUSI) Spain This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Kathy Belpaeme* Coordination Centre for Integrated Coastal Zone Management of Belgium Belgium This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Marcia Berman* Virginia Institute of Marine Science USA This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Michelle Borg Malta Env and Planning Authority Malta This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Francoise Breton ETC LUSI Spain This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Alejandro Iglesias Campos ETC LUSI Spain This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Trine Christiansen EEA Denmark This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Simon Claus* Flanders Marine Institute, European Network for Coastal Research Belgium This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Franz Daffner EEA Denmark This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Laurent d'Ozourville* EurOcean, European Centre for Info on Mar Sci and Tech Portugal This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Declan Dunne* Coastal & Marine Resources Centre, University College Cork Ireland This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Ned Dwyer* Coastal & Marine Resources Centre, University College Cork Ireland This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
David Green University of Aberdeen Scotland, UK This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Jordi Guimet ICC Spain This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Tanya Haddad* Oregon Coastal Management Program USA This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Torill Hamre Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center (NERSC) Norway This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
David Hart* University of Wisconsin/Wisconsin Sea Grant USA This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Fiona Hemsley-Flint* COMPASS and EDINA, U. of Edinburgh Scotland, UK This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Jean Pierre Giraud UNEP MAP Plan Bleu France This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Stefan Jensen EEA Denmark This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Kathrin Kopke* Coastal & Marine Resources Centre, University College Cork Ireland This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Yassine Lassoued* Coastal & Marine Resources Centre, University College Cork Ireland This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Tony LaVoi* NOAA Coastal Services Center USA This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Roger Longhorn* Info-Dynamics Research Assoc Ltd & IODE UK This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Roy Lowry* British Oceanographic Data Centre England, UK This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Gerold Lüerßen* Wadden Sea Secretariat Germany This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Gonzalo C. Malvárez University Pablo de Olavide Spain This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Andrus Meiner* EEA Denmark This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Keiran Millard HR Wallingford Ltd. UK This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Miguel Nuevo-Alarcon* European Commission Belgium This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Tim Nyerges* Dept. of Geography, University of Washington USA This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Liz O'Dea* Washington Department of Ecology USA This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Jose Ojeda-Zujar University of Sevilla Spain This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Eoin Ó Grady* Marine Institute Ireland This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Eamonn Ó Tuama Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) Denmark This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Mike Osborne* Seazone Solutions, Ltd. UK This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
John Pepper* UK Hydrographic Office, Chair of IHO MSDI WG UK This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Greg Reed* UNESCO IODE Australia This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Johnny Reker Danish Spatial and Environmental Planning Agency Denmark This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Anne Robertson University of Edinburgh Scotland, UK This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Alessandro Sarretta* ISMAR-CNR Italy This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Lucy Scott* African Coelacanth Ecosystem Programme (ACEP) South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity (SAIAB) South Africa This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Iain Shepherd European Commission Belgium This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Birgit Snoeren European Commission Belgium This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Chris Steenmans EEA Denmark This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Ivica Trumbic UNEP Mediterranean Action Plan, PAP Croatia This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Ronan Uhel* EEA and ETC LUSI Denmark This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Dawn Wright* Dept. of Geosciences, Oregon State University USA This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ICAN 3 Blog

ICAN 3 and EEA Event Blog, Copenhagen | International Coastal Atlas Network 


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Friday, 11 July 2008

We have reached the end of this fabulous week! Several participants of the ICAN workshop engaged in final discussions on the way forward, including a very detailed discussion and refinement of our list of ACTION ITEMS, and activities of the Technical Group in the coming months. Many of us then set off for Tivoli Gardens soon thereafter to enjoy lunch aboard their floating pirate ship restaurant(!) , the gardens, and the amusement park rides! Meanwhile, Kathy Belpaeme visited the Botanical Gardens and Liz O'Dea set off on a unique geocaching adventure around the city!


A final look at the EEA headquarters building where all of our events were held.

Copenhagen is truly a city of healthy bicycle commuters.


And now it is time for us to "commute" home to our respective countries! Thank you for visiting this blog! And we hope to see everyone next year during ICAN 4 at the Adriatico Guest House in Trieste, Italy, Autumn 2009! Ciao!


Thursday, 10 July 2008

Our EEA hosts, Ronan Uhel, Executive Director Jacqueline McGlade, and Andrus Meiner are pictured here to the left, as they listened intently to EEA conference presentations shown to them on the desktop monitors in front of them. On Day 2 of the EEA conference, we heard several presentations about the coastal atlas and general information management experiences of Belgium, France, Ireland, Spain, the general Mediterranean, Africa, and of the Global Biodiversity Information Management Facility (GBIF), headquartered right here in Copenhagen. GBIF in particular had some very good practical advice for the forthcoming implementation of ICAN. Gonzalo Malvárez, in his talk about the SIGLA coastal GIS project and developing coastal atlas, could also not resist reminding the audience that it was in fact SPAIN who had emerged victorious as the 2008 Euro Cup champion!

In addition, conference attendees heard about important collaborations between the EEA, the EPA and USGS in the U.S., as well as UNEP and other EU groups, in the area of eco-informatics. Some important work on semantics of data has been started there, in particular people working on metadata registries in the U.S., and the evolution of the "geospatial semantic web" in order to improve environmental information systems, including the long-term ecological research (LTER) sites throughout Europe. And we appreciated the time taken by EU Commissioner Miguel Nuevo-Alarcon to lay out for us the upcoming opportunities for EU funding as part of the FP7 initiative.

Truly there are many avenues for members of the ICAN community to engage in outreach, marketing, and positioning within existing broad initiatives. Ronan led us into a discussion of "what should be targeted now?" We revisited outcomes of the ICAN workshop in light of the EEA conference developments, the further "hooks" for ICAN to link to in terms of proposals, partnerships, and the gaining interest of similar groups who want to join in. We considered how we might best absorb all of this, and what is feasible along lines of strategic planning, financing and governance, as well as technical considerations (organizing the actual work).

Again, we very, VERY much appreciated the support of EEA in hosting our workshop and in securing the participation of members of the EU Commission and of various projects around Europe to speak at the conference. EEA is more than keen to provide support for next steps. Dawn announced plans in progress for ICAN to meet next year at the UNESCO University in Trieste, Italy. EEA in turn are now planning to schedule their meeting of the European national reference centers at the same venue (with an eye toward coastal and marine issues) immediately following our ICAN Workshop 4.

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Wednesday, 9 July 2008

Wednesday morning saw the winding down of the formal ICAN workshop with a group discussion of further thoughts and questions to share, especially those arising from the side discussions that people had during the previous day's events. This discussion proved fruitful, and included a reminder that while the technical activities of ICAN are critically important, ICAN is also all about education, outreach and general capacity-building regarding coastal web atlases as well. As Tony LaVoi ably expressed it, we are trying to help our community buy down the cost of getting into the game of coastal atlases. Our discussion then segued to a presentation by Ned of some specific action items for ICAN to pursue in all realms. We will need to prioritize the items in the list (currently existing as a spreadsheet), and to prioritize them within year 1, year 2, etc. This also gives us a running start towards crafting a sustainable business model and strategic plan, as discussed in our concluding moments together before the start of the EEA conference. Amazingly, ICAN has truly advanced from just an individual project to a full-fledged program. We formally concluded the ICAN workshop with sincere and warm thanks to Ronan, Andrus, Charlotte, and the entire EEA team for their gracious and efficient hospitality, and their unflagging support and advocacy of ICAN. We clearly have a powerful ally in our corner.


Group dynamic during a coffee break of the EEA conference.


After lunch, the EEA conference was successfully launched by conference chair Ronan, and included some very informative presentations by EEA executive director Jacqueline McGlade, two EU commissioners and representatives of like-minded coastal mapping initiatives in Europe (who would be potential new partners of ICAN), as well as a preview of EU's amazing new public participation web site Eye on Earth (developed in collaboration with Microsoft, and going public on Monday 14 July 2008). Ronan shared that this conference is about how we can improve our capacities in terms of delivering information services using the most up-to-date tools and technologies, and EEA seeks facilitate a large community of coastal experts to come together and communicate (to start, Europe, USA, Africa, Australia). Dawn and Ned presented to the conference attendees an overview of ICAN, and Yassine, Tanya, and Ned ably explained and demonstrated the ICAN interoperability prototype. A definite highlight at the end of a very long, but productive, day was the comic relief supplied by Yassine as he presented this humorous example in one of his slides (to the right) of how to truly achieve interoperability! The conference attendees roared with laughter! The Euro shirt twins strike again!

By the conference's end, there were many who were up for some fun and a group of ICANers explored the eclectic community of Christiania "Free Town" Denmark, a self-contained, self-governing neighborhood with an alternative free society. See the interesting information about Christiania in Wikipedia, this site, or on their official site. Many thanks to Tanya's boyfriend Mark Scott for serving as our gracious tour guide through this very unique place!


Colorful murals abound in the unique neighborhood of Christiania.

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Tuesday, 8 July 2008

Day 2 of the ICAN workshop was an important day for extended discussions in breakout groups ...

as well as a day for high fashion! But before this, we listened to several excellent presentations about other projects, initiatives, and groups doing work of relevance to ICAN, including the ECOOP project (European COastal-shelf sea OPerational observing and forecasting; which gave us very good ideas about how to structure a main ICAN portal), the SeaDataNet initiative, the government-funded commercial projects of SeaZone Solutions Limited, and the perspectives and programs of U.S. Sea Grant (especially in the Great Lakes region of Wisconsin). We also heard about ongoing activities in the Australian/Pacific region and Africa, from the standpoint of the IODE programs.

Roy Lowry challenged us to think more clearly about how best to implement the technical governance of controlled vocabularies and, ultimately, ontologies, using the SeaDataNet approach. We really do need to watch them and learn from them as they have a huge amount of knowledge encoded in that project, and can also funnel issues and questions to a wider community and get feedback for us. Mike Osborne challenged us to look beyond the fairly "esoteric" academic community to the sharp end of industry, sharing that the technologies developed in ICAN may very well be used in the context of the private sector, such as British energy, a whole new industry of sorts. He rightly stated that the biggest barriers to SDI (spatial data infrastructure) integration are people, institutions, and institutional objectives, NOT the technology. ICAN can make a huge contribution by providing solutions in those areas.

Our breakout groups on Strategy/Funding, Governance, and Technical Issues were extremely productive. We still face many challenges in terms of long-term funding, and need to keep our momentum going by finding some way to meet again next year for Workshop 4. Possible venues discussed in side conversations included southern Europe (Italy? Portugal?) in order to engage the countries in that region and points south, as well as accompanying initiatives focused on the Mediterranean. Going back to the U.S. again for the next workshop was deemed too soon in light of the momentum that is building here in Europe.

To download today's presentations, please go back to the ICAN 3 Program page and click on the titles in blue hypertext.

Our day ended with a lovely dinner hosted by the EEA in their canteen. Several of us had the distinct pleasure of interacting with the amazingly dynamic and brilliant Executive Director of the EEA, Dr. Jacqueline McGlade (thank you to Ronan for arranging this!). Among many items discussed was the need to really focus on a high-profile issue in order to attract funders/advocates. One such issue would be climate change impacts (especially decision support for coastal communities vulnerable to climate change, island nations threatened by sea level rise, and the like). And we need to articulate the practical, applied products that would be available from ICAN (e.g., the MIDA engine that can be shared with fledging CWAs, cross-walks between FGDC and ISO, best practices for implementing OGC web services for CWAs, available solutions to help an agency or organization do better what they are ALREADY mandated to do, provision of the knowledge gained as a result of working closely with partners on a common, proven approach, etc.). Jackie challenged us to come up with real numbers in terms of who is using and benefitting from our CWAs (how many users, who they are, how much money they are saving as a result of using our CWAs), even vignettes of "success stories" or triumphs. Jackie may be able to advocate on behalf of ICAN to GMES (Global Monitoring for Environmental Security), GRAME (Global Regular Assessment of Marine Environments) and GEOSS (Global Earth Observation System of Systems) initiatives, among others. GEOSS would not provide funding, but ICAN might one day be considered as a case study implementation for GEOSS.

Today's photos were provided by Liz O'Dea. See her entire photo album in Links and Photos.

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Monday, 7 July 2008

We welcomed approximately 30 participants to ICAN Workshop 3, which was introduced by Ned Dwyer of the CMRC and our host, Ronan Uhel of the EEA. This was followed by an overview by Dawn of what had been accomplished by ICAN 1 in Cork and ICAN 2 in Corvallis.

Ronan informed us that July is the perfect month in which to visit Copenhagen, and we agree!

I am realizing already that doing a nice, "narrative-style: blog may take up more time that I am able to devote this week, so for now I am merely going to post my cryptic notes that accompanied several of the talks presented today.

To download today's presentations, please go back to the ICAN 3 Program page and click on the titles in blue hypertext.

EEA is about connecting systems and monitoring systems
EEA has developed networks with UNEP and other organizations, such as private industry (esp. user-friendly systems) – we will see many examples, all in the area of accessing and exploiting information.

It is hoped that ICAN will become a major reference point in years to come. We need to continue to think about how to engage and service users, as we have been looking at things from a developer standpoint of late with the prototype.

Questions/Discussion after Yassine, Ned, and Tanya's presentation of the ICAN prototype:
What DBMS is recommended for managing metadata?
GeoNetwork, a web based Geographic Metadata Catalog System developed by FAO-UN and UNEP, is recommended.

Harmonize and mediation – harmonize for “meta” part and mediation for “data” part?
Harmonize = same technology, specifications, data structure for data level or metadata level – does not matter – however, everyone has to speak the same language, organize everything in the same way – may be too much too ask (loss of freedom and autonomy)
Distributed DBMS literature uses it a little differently = to centralize data, warehousing the data – again, here it merely means using the same technology

Roy: "Change" to conform to a common standard flying around with virtual data centers.

Have you gone down to feature type level or category/sub-category level? No, not that far yet – we’ve just used key words, key words that are in metadata records to describe data sets. At local level, just keywords, at global level not many levels, not at data layers level, not at attributes, not at controlled vocab level - these are next steps

Registries? There will be a need to collate various ontologies
Yes MMI registry in future, aided by BODC efforts as well

Service layer is technical – as a user of ICAN if you get your metadata records, you are interested in knowing about the service that provided the resources – yes we need to address services in future evolution of prototype.

Mapping global with local ontologies, what is quality assurance (QA)? This is a very dynamic system – who is doing quality assurance? [Just technical team – we don’t care what matches what yet, just trying to get things to match, but we have discussed OWL keepers – just at technical demonstration exercise and it has been unfunded, technical governance will be discussed and will have to look at QA as a group so that resources that are developed have that in play – very attractive research in terms of uncertainty in mappings, how to track that

Difference between ontologies and thesaurus – thesaurus is just a list of concepts with their definition and relationships such as synonyms (those are the only relationships you can deal with). Ontology can be much more general such as person X is brother of person Y, which cannot be expressed in a thesaurus; ontology is more expressive, richer in semantics but still tying subjects and objects, trying to capture natural language tagging.

Ronan on ICAN and Emerging Maritime Policies:
Bottom line of EU policies is the primacy of ecosystem-based management (EBM) approach – establish grounds through mechanisms and policies and rationales with stakeholders to do things according to the EBM approach
Translate ecosystems into a marine context, but how to delineate the large marine ecosystems?
We are at the infancy of appreciating what kind of indicators we will have to elaborate in next 10 years to match env status, but also to going for a more EBM approach

Dawn – EEA would be interested in the work of Jane Lubchenco and PISCO colleagues, and the NCEAS colleagues at UCSB in terms of EBM-approach to marine world and the EBM tools network

Tony – NOAA CSC, many topics including the vision of the Digital Coast of the U.S.

Georegulation - Taking the text of a regulation and making a map of it, as the regulation were not devised very well with visible maps in mind – very hard to understand in and of itself – very much elucidated with a map and geographic data

NOAA Shoreline Web site – shoreline change, USGS vector shoreline or NOAA national shoreline – helps people to use the most appropriate shorelines for their analyses

National Needs for Coastal Mapping and Charting National Academy of Sciences Report:
This report showed, among many things that not just past mapping activities, but future and planned mapping need to be articulated

Digital Coast – coastal communities have easy access to organized and relevant data and tools needed to make more informed decisions
Common Coastal Issues
Digital Coast has just been released – ArcIMS front end that sits on top of EarthServer for raster data, a LIDAR server and ArcSDE for vector
Digital Coast in action a Google Earth interface showing where people have already used data to address coastal habitat change, inundation, and other issues

Tim on GRADD DataNet
26 pre-proposals submitted, 7 full proposals chosen from that group, 3 site visits made from that group: University of Washington, Johns Hopkins, and U New Mexico – 2 of these 3 will be funded at $20 million. In succeeding years there will be 3 more centers funded at this level. All 5 centers will focus on semantic interop of digital products. Finalists all had libraries involved, not just the domain scientists.

Ronan: Wrap-up of ICAN and Emerging Maritime Policies
We have heard about different levels of development but all with similar objectives in terms of fulfilling information services

EU Atlas of the Seas – still an objective on paper at EU level, concept remains to be invented; we can play a role in filling in what the concept should be; in Europe we have 6 different shorelines too (don’t be ashamed NOAA)
Growing demand and pressure to improve basic information.
We need to define common ground together.
Research in EU is similar to US in terms of needs for potential for funding. EU needs to better prioritize projects that can really make the case, need to be better organized about this, need to stop funding projects that overlap or go in completely different directions from each other which moves the community away from achieving common objectives.

Final session on Extending the ICAN Community
Greg Reed on IODE and also Caribbean Marine Atlas
Capacity building is a cornerstone

ODINS Linking training with equipment and operational support (e.g., how to set up data centers) – Africa, South America and Caribbean, Pacific

Lucy on African Marine Atlas:
African Marine Atlas is now using WMS but wants to move forward to CSW and WFS, so it definitely looks ready to participate in the next phase of the ICAN interoperability prototype project

A successful end to Day 1 and a good time was had by all at the reception sponsored by SeaZone Solutions Ltd.!

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Sunday, 6 July 2008

The many participants of ICAN Workshop 3 and the EEA Conference on Coastal Atlas Development are now making their way to wonderful Copenhagen, Denmark. The shot to the left was taken at sunrise from my window at the Admiral Hotel, a lovely location within walking distance of the EEA, Tivoli Gardens and Park, and many other attractions (including what I consider to be the best soft ice cream in the world)!

Final preparations for this week's events are going smoothly, although we are sorry to report the last-minute cancellations of two ICAN speakers: John Helly of the San Diego Supercomputer Center, USA and Sean Paddy of the Institute of Marine Affairs, Trinidad & Tobago, and of the Caribbean Marine Atlas Team. Intense travel difficulties have prevented both of these researchers from attending, but we look forward to working with them as ICAN progresses. John Helly was a participant of ICAN 1 and 2 and assisted greatly with the preparation of a draft governance structure for ICAN that will be discussed during Day 2 of this week's workshop. We came to know of Sean Paddy's work with the Caribbean Marine Atlas at the UNESCO IODE Workshop on Coastal Atlas Requirements in February 2008 in Oostende, Belgium, and look forward to continued work with him and others as the Caribbean Marine Atlas joins in with ICAN initiatives.

 

ICAN 2 Program

 


MONDAY | TUESDAY | WEDNESDAY | THURSDAY | FRIDAY

Time

 

Day 1 - Monday, 16 July 2007
INTERNAL Program for NSF Project Partners

 

 
Memorial Union (MU) 213
10:00-10:15
Arrival & Registration at Memorial Union (MU)
10:15-10:45
Re-Acquaintance of NSF project partners
Welcome and introduction by Oregon State University VP of University Advancement
10:45-11:00
Introduction to OSU
11:00-11:45
Recap of overall workshop series; Introduction to week’s agenda and arrangements
Dawn Wright (OSU), Val Cummins (CMRC)
12:00-1:00
Lunch
1:15-2:30
Tour of OSU Campus and Department of Geosciences
2:30-3:30
Tour of O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Lab
3:30-5:00
Informal preparation time or rest
5:30
Meet in lobby of The Gem for transport to dinner
6:00
Dinner for Project Partners – Big River Restaurant
Jan Michael Looking Wolf – American Indian/Irish flutist

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1:00-3:30
Ontology Artifacts and Practical Exercise
Hands-on Ontology Creation and Getting Familiar with TopBraid

- Introduction to Use Case
- Marine Irish Digital Atlas and Oregon Coastal Atlas
- Graph of Concepts
What is a concept?
Topic map exercise
- Classes
Introduction to classes
Open ontology - explore classes
Create classes
- Properties
Introduction to properties
Open ontology - explore properties
Create properties
- Individuals
Introduction to individuals
Open ontology - explore individuals
Create individuals
- Multi-language support
Introduction
Open ontology - explore labels
Create labels in different languages

Time

 

Day 2 - Tuesday, 17 July 2007
Official Coastal Atlas Interoperability Workshop, All Participants

 

 
Memorial Union (MU) 213
9:00-9:30
Arrival & Registration at Memorial Union (MU)
9:30-10:00
Welcome and Introduction
Dawn Wright (OSU)
10:00-10:45
Introduction, Logistics, Goals
Luis Bermudez and Stephanie Watson (MMI)
10:45-11:00
Coffee Break
11:00-11:15
Getting participants ready (tools, groups)
11:15-11:45
Introduction to Ontologies
-Semantic Interoperability problems
- What are controlled vocabularies?
- Where to get controlled vocabularies?
- What are ontologies?
- What is the Semantic Web, RDF and OWL?
- How do ontologies help to solve semantic interoperability issues?
11:45-12:00
SeaDataNet Use Case (by Roy Lowry)
12:00-1:00
Lunch
3:30-3:45
Coffee Break
3:45-5:00
Continue exercise - finish adding terms to the ontology
5:00-5:30
General Discussion/Recap
5:30-6:30
Atlas Posters/Demos in MU 212 along with Hors D'oeuvres
 
Dinner on your own

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Time

 

Day 3 - Wednesday, 18 July 2007
Official CAI Workshop Continued, All Participants

 

 
Memorial Union (MU) 213
9:00
Arrival at Memorial Union (MU)
9:00-9:30
Recap from Yesterday
9:30-10:30
Mapping and Simple Knowledge Organization Systems (SKOS)
-Introduction to SKOS
-Mapping between ontologies
10:30-10:45
Coffee Break
10:45-12:00
Wrap-up of Ontology Content
-Questions/Discussions
-Publish practice ontologies to SVN
-Complete and publish evaluation forms
12:00-1:00
Lunch
1:00-2:45
General Discussions, Way Forward
- Summary of the ontology workshop
- How to proceed further
- Discussions about how MMI can help
2:45-3:00
Coffee Break
3:00-5:00
Discussion and Workplan for Future Collaborations
Brainstorming on Joint New Proposal Opportunities (NSF, EU, etc.)
Development of Technical Prototype w/SuperAtlas Ontology

Funding and Technical Break-out Groups
5:00-7:30
Hiking up Bald Hill
 
Dinner on your own

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Time

 

Day 4 - Thursday, 19 July 2007
Official CAI Workshop Continued, All Participants

 

 
Memorial Union (MU) 213
9:00
Arrival at Memorial Union (MU)
9:00-11:15
Recap of Breakout Discussions
- Final evaluations of ontology portion of workshop
11:15-11:30
Sack Lunches Provided
11:30
Departure for Field Trip to Oregon Coast
1:00-6:00
Tours of Hatfield Marine Science Center, Yaquina Estuary, Newport Bayfront
1:00 - HMSC Public Wing Presentation
2:00 - Tour of HMSC campus/labs
3:00 - Estuary Walk
4:00 - Commercial Fishing Docks, Historic Waterfront
5:00 - Dinner at Local Ocean
8:00
Return to Corvallis and Departure for Most Participants

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Time

 

Day 5 - Friday, 20 July 2007
INTERNAL NSF and BIDI Partner Meetings

 

 
Memorial Union (MU) 213
9:30
Arrival at Memorial Union (MU)
9:30-10:30
Partner Meeting to Discuss Workshop Outputs, Final Report
10:30-10:45
Coffee Break
10:45-12:30
BIDI Project Meeting
12:30-1:30
Lunch
1:30-2:30
Wrap-up or Free Time
2:30
Departure for Portland
5:30-6:30
Nature walk and views atop Council Crest
7:00
Dinner at Chart House Restaurant, Portland
Manager Kelly, Conf. # 3063
Evening
Hotel check-in for those attending Coastal Zone '07 in Portland
 
 
Sun, 22 July
Coastal Zone '07 Registration, Field Trips, Training Sessions
Mon, 23 July
Coastal Zone '07 Opening Plenary and Sessions
Wed, 25 July
10:30 am to 12:00 noon, Panel Session 2642
U.S./European Partnerships in Coastal Atlases and Coastal/Ocean Informatics

 

ICAN 2 Presentations - Posters

Coastal Atlas Posters/Demos Shared by Participants on Tuesday evening, July 17, 2007

African Coelacanth Ecosystem Program

African Marine Atlas

Arc Marine Schemas in GML/XML for the BIDI Project

InfoMar - INtegrated Mapping FOr the Sustainable Development of Ireland's MARine Resource

InterRisk - Interoperable GMES Services for Environmental Risk Management in Marine & Coastal Areas of Europe

Irish Spatial Data Exchange

Marine Data Repository of the Marine Institute

MIDA - Marine Irish Digital Atlas

MarineSpecies.org

Oregon Coastal Atlas

Oregon Explorer

SeaDataNet (British Oceanographic Data Centre)

SIOExplorer

Virginia Coastal GEMS - Geospatial Education Mapping System

ICAN 2 Presentations - Introduction

 Coastal Atlas Interoperability

Introduction

MONDAY - 

Introduction to the Workshop and Logistics for NSF Partners (6.3 Mb)
by Dawn Wright, Oregon State University, USA

MONDAY -
Overview and Results of Workshop 1 (CMRC)
(23.7 Mb)
by Val Cummins, Director, Coastal & Marine Resources Centre, Ireland - MONDAY

TUESDAY -
Main Introduction to the Workshop and Logistics
(13.0 Mb)
by Dawn Wright, Oregon State University, USA

TUESDAY -
Overview and Results of Workshop 1 (CMRC)
(26.9 Mb)
by Val Cummins, Director, Coastal & Marine Resources Centre, Ireland

ICAN 2 Presentations - Discussions

Coastal Atlas Interoperability

Discussions/Future Plans

WEDNESDAY Afternoon Group Discussion Notes (80 Kb doc)

Notes from WEDNESDAY Afternoon Breakout Groups:
Funding Working Group (116 Kb doc)
Technical Working Group (244 Kb doc)

See Working Groups section for white papers sections, further info.

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

We are now entering our 8th year publishing the ICAN newsletter. Many thanks to our Editor Andy Sherin!

Please consider preparing an article for the next newsletter that will likely be published in the fall of this year.
Happy New Year!

Photos from CoastGIS 2018

Our friends from CoastGIS 2018 have posted a wonderful gallery of photos, including the recent ICAN mini-workshop:

See how many ICAN members you can spot!