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’s service reliability indicator

COINAtlantic has introduced a local database viewer to its Search Utility (CSU) web-based application. Each result of a user’s search for WMS and KML resources using the Google Custom Search API or a user’s addition of a WMS layer using the “Add WMS Layer” widget is stored in a local PostSQL data base. A script has been developed to interrogate each of the resources on a daily basis and store the geographic bounds of the KML or the WMS layer. If the interrogation successfully returns the geographic bounds, a green status symbol is displayed in the CSU database viewer (see below). If the interrogation was successful but the bounds were not returned a yellow symbol is returned. A red symbol is displayed if the service did not respond. This capability is a precursor development to support reliability indicators displayed in the CSU user interface and will enable geographic searches of the local data base.

A screen shot of the CSU Database Viewer showing name, URL, Abstract, geographic bounds, whether the resources was added through a Google search or by the manual addition of a layer, the resource type (WMS or KML) and its status at the time of the latest interrogation.

CSW, ontology webinar and SmartAtlas Workshop

A webinar on CSW, semantics and ontologies was sponsored by COINAtlantic and followed by a workshop on SmartAtlas 21-22 May 2014 in Halifax. The agenda included an Introduction to OGC and CSW by Jeff McKenna, Gateway Geomatics and a member of OGC, the ICAN CSW mediator by Yassine Lassoued (CMRC), ISO ontology initiatives by Jean Brodeur, Natural Resources Canada, Ontology research at Memorial University by Arnaud Vandecasteele, and ICAN ontology development again by Yassine. The presentations and video will be posted on Follow @coinatlantic to find out when they will be available.

Some Halifax participants in the CSW webinar and guests out for Thai food
(from the right) Arnaud Vandecasteele (Memorial University), Lenore Bajona (Ocean Tracking Network OTN),
Yassine Lassoued (CMRC), Jeff McKenna (Gateway Geomatics), Bob Branton (OTN), Shirley Sangster and Sheila Clyburne
Yassine leads the SmartAtlas workshop

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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!