ICAN is a project of UNESCO IOC´s IODE Programme, and ICAN members seek to play a leadership role in forging international collaborations of value to the participating nations, thereby optimizing regional governance in coastal zone management and marine spatial planning.


We live on a blue planet, with oceans and seas covering more than 70 per cent of the Earth’s surface. Oceans feed us, regulate our climate, and generate most of the oxygen we breathe. Some 37 per cent of the world's population lives within 100 km of the coast. (UNEP)


CWAs are "...collections of digital maps and datasets with supplementary tables, illustrations, & information that systematically illustrate the coast, oftentimes with cartographic & decision support tools, all of which are accessible via the Internet."  O'Dea et al., 2007


Membership in ICAN is open to all interested parties who agree to the mission & objectives of ICAN, including those with an operational coastal web atlas, as well as those hoping to design and build a coastal web atlas in the future.
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COINAtlantic is searching for data providing organizations willing to participate in a pilot project to use and give feedback on a Data Accessibility Self-Assessment Tool. The tool is for use in data providing organizations to develop a benchmark to monitor progress in improving the organization’s policies and procedures for providing effective and easy access to the data and information held by them. The data accessibility principles used in the tool is an aggregation of four documents: the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development’s Principles and Guidelines for Access to Research Data from Public Funding; the Government of Canada’s Operating Principles for the Open Government site; the United States Memorandum on Open Data Policy; and the G8 Charter for Open Data . The 11 principles are shown in the Table 1.

Table 1 Data Accessibility Principles

1. Open Data by Default 
2. Completeness 
3. Primacy 
4. Timeliness
5. Ease of Physical and Electronic Access 
6. Non-discrimination 
7. Licencing 
8. Permanence 
9. Usage Costs 
10. Supporting Use
11. Evaluation


For each principle one or more evaluation ladders have been developed with questions designed to assist the user in positioning their organization’s policies and procedures on the ladder. A sample evaluation ladder for the Evaluation Principle is shown below.


Figure 1: Example of an evaluation ladder for Principle 11: Evaluation


Following the pilot project, the feedback from the data providing organizations that used the tool will be incorporated. If you would be willing to test out this self-assessment tool and share your scores and comments with COINAtlantic, contact Andy Sherin Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. Reporting on the use of the tool will not divulge the source of any scores shared with COINAtlantic.


Figure 2: A graphical presentation of scores from three different respondents for one data providing organization.
The principles with boxes indicate the spread in scores for principles with more than one evaluation ladder
e.g. Completeness has a ladder for metadata and the data itself

Graphics prepared by Robert Branton, Emeritus Scientist, Ocean Tracking Network

Funding for the development of the tool came from the Adaptation Platform, Natural Resources Canada.

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Vol, 8, Nr 2 - Now Available!

We are now entering our 9th 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 spring 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!