ICAN 9 Workshop Detailed Agenda

ICAN 9: Local to Global
Benefits of Coastal Web Atlas Sharing & Connectivity

September 27 - 29, 2021

2pm-5pm UTC

Workshop is FREE and available LIVE in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French

Register for the Workshop here!

**NOTE** All times are approximate, as organizers may need to adjust the agenda as circumstances arise.


Session I: Sept 27th

Coastal Atlas Community

Monday September 27, 14:00 UTC

Aiming to introduce new and established resources and connect with the wider coastal web atlas community

David Hart, University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute
Ned Dwyer, Randbee Consultants

Part I

(90 minutes)

  • 14:00 UTC - Welcome & Housekeeping

  • 14:05 UTC - Discussion with Marina Psaros
    The Atlas of Disappearing Places

  • 14:35 UTC - Panel Session

    • Conor Delaney
      European Atlas of the Seas

    • Lory Cary-Kothera
      NOAA Digital Coast

    • Anja Kreiner
      Benguela Current Large Marine Ecosystem

    • Carolina García Valencia
      Caribbean Marine Atlas 2

  • 14:54 UTC - Panel Discussion, Moderator: David Hart

  • 15:30 UTC - Break - 15 Minutes

Part II

(75 minutes)

  • 15:45 UTC -Welcome Back - Ned Dwyer

  • 15.48 UTC - Matt Gummery
    Global Fishing Watch

  • 16:01 UTC - Fabian Reith
    Global NBS Atlas

  • 16:06 UTC - Marie-Michelle Simard
    Development of the Canadian Marine Spatial Planning Atlas

  • 16:11 UTC - Silvia Sartor
    Santos Web Atlas: Tool for integrated management: from academic data to practical knowledge

  • 16:16 UTC Robert Devoy and Sarah Kandrot
    Coastal Atlas of Ireland

  • 16:29 UTC - Will Bartsch
    The Minnesota Natural Resource Atlas: Making Spatial Data Accessible

  • 16:34 UTC - David Hart
    Enhancing the Wisconsin Coastal Atlas as a Resource to Support Adaptive Coastal Management

  •  16:47 UTC Session I Wrap-up - Ned Dwyer


Session II: Sept 28th

Atlases, the UN Decade & the SDGs

Tuesday September 28, 14:00 UTC

Aiming to explore how Coastal Web Atlases can contribute to and link in with the UN Decade of Ocean Sciences and the Sustainability Goals

Andrew Sherin, former Director, COINAtlantic
Kate Sullivan, Professor of Anthropology, California State University Los Angeles

Part I

(85 minutes)

  • 14:00 UTC - Welcome & Housekeeping - Andrew Sherin

  • 14:05 UTC - Francisco Arias Isaza, Director General, INVEMAR, Columbia
    UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development

  • 14:20 UTC - Leila Brito Neves and Martin Visbeck, Cabo Verde Ocean Decade Committee
    Digital Twins of the Ocean UN Decade Programme

  • 14:35 UTC - Jan Newton, Northwest Association of Networked Ocean Observing Systems , USA
    NANOOS as a Nexus Organization in the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development

  • 14:50 UTC - Brianna Bambic, Program Manager, Field Engagement Allen Coral Atlas
    Allen Coral Atlas: A new tool for coral conservation

  • 15:05 UTC - Dr. Britt Alexander, Science Officer, European Marine Board
    European Marine Board contributions to the Ocean Decade

  • 15:20 UTC - Wrap-up Part I - Kate Sullivan

  • 15:25 UTC - Break - 15 Minutes

Part II

(80 minutes)

  • 15:40 UTC -Welcome Back - Kate Sullivan

  • 15:45 UTC - Panel Session

    • Stan Johnson, CEPI Coordinator
      Bras D’Or Collaborative Environmental Planning Initiative

    • Carolina García Valencia
      INVEMAR, Caribbean Marine Atlas 2

    • Silvia Sartor
      Santos Web Atlas

    • Dr. Evan Andrews, Too Big To Ignore
      Blue Justice

    • Matthew Gummery
      Global Fishing Watch

    • Mirella de Oliveira Leis,
      Ocean Frontier Institute Knowledge Mobilization

  • Panel Discussion

  • Audience Discussion

  • Session II Wrap-up - Andrew Sherin


Session III: Sept 29th

Sharing your Atlas with the World

Wednesday September 29, 14:00 UTC

Aiming to explore how Atlases can share their content more effectively and
make connections to the OceanInfoHub project

Adam Leadbetter, Data Management Team Leader, Marine Institute, Ireland
Lucy Scott, Ocean InfoHub Project Manager

Part I

(80 minutes)

  • 14:00 UTC - Welcome & Housekeeping - Adam Leadbetter

  • 14:05 UTC - Mitchell Harley
    CoastSnap - A Community Beach Monitoring Project

  • 14:20 UTC - Ben Skinner
    Components of the Strait of Georgia Data Centre

  • 14:35 UTC - Tanya Haddad
    Data Sharing in the West Coast Ocean Data Portal

  • 14:50 UTC - Leonardo Arias
    Technical tools of the Caribbean Marine Atlas 2

  • 15:05 UTC - Terry Curran
    How the Strait of Georgia Data Centre was implemented in an Evolving Environment

  • 15:20 UTC - Wrap-up Part I - Adam Leadbetter

  • Break - 15 Minutes


Part II

(80 minutes)

  • 15:35 UTC - Welcome Back - Lucy Scott

  • 15:40 UTC - Adam Leadbetter
    High level introduction to Linked Data / structured data and Schema.org

    15:55 UTC - Lucy Scott
    High level introduction to Ocean Infohub and the Ocean Data and Information System as a use case

  • 16:05 UTC - Pier Luigi Buttigieg
    Creating an Inclusive Digital Commons for Ocean Science and Sustainable Development

  • 16:15 UTC - Adam Leadbetter
    Review of technology stacks used by the ICAN community

  • 16:20 UTC - Adam Leadbetter
    Fitting Schema.org into your technology stack

  • 16:30 UTC - Doug Fils
    Ocean Infohub Spatial Maps Pattern

  • 16:45 UTC - Invited Interventions and Open Discussion

  • 16:55 UTC - Session III Wrap-up, Lucy Scott

  • 17:00 UTC - Adjourn - thank you for attending ICAN 9!


A different kind of mapping

This website (https://www.sdgmapping.ch/) is the second edition of the SDG mapping, which aims to interactively visualize the results of the second SDG survey that documents the expertise of organizations relevant to each SDG. About 100 actors participated in the survey and interactive mapping. They self-assessed their expertise as core, generic or non-applicable in 10 different areas for each SDG. UNESCO, the parent organization for ICAN, has contributed to the survey for SDG 14.

Figure 1: Part of the infographic for SDG 14 Life under water generated interactively from the sdgmapping website.

Fair winds, Roger!

As of the end of 2020, Roger Longhorn has retired from the ICAN Steering Group, the IHO Marine SDI WG, and the OGC Marine Domain WG. He is now looking forward to spending more time on his boat than on the computer :)

All the best to Roger on his new adventures!

Data is Power


The Five Year (2015-2020) Report of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (https://www.data4sdgs.org/) has been released. The Global Partnership was created 2015 to put the power of data to change minds, policies and lives at the service of sustainable development.

Since 2015 the Global Partnership has learned:

  1. Good data takes time: build relationships, change institutions, and learn together.
  2. Progress depends upon people: understanding and trust are the keys to good partnerships.
  3. Politics drive technical change; political support is critical to sustainable change at scale.
  4. Values count: inclusivity and equity must underpin progress on data.
  5. Systems not silos: interoperability and openness strengthen systems and increase impact.

Some More Atlases for UN Sustainable Development Goals

Andy Sherin
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Blue Justice for Small-Scale Fisheries' Commitment

SDG Goal 14b

SDG Goal 14 iconSDG Goal 14b states “Provide access for small-scale artisanal fishers to marine resources and markets”.

Learn more about SDG 14 here

Too Big To Ignore (TBTI) has been promoting the notion of ‘Blue Justice’ through various platforms. One of our most prominent efforts was the registration of Blue Justice for Small-Scale Fisheries as a voluntary commitment to the Ocean Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14 (SDG 14). Our pledge joins more than 1,400 other voluntary commitments to save our oceans, all registered on a UN platform. See TBTI Blue Justice full commitments at https://oceanconference.un.org/commitments/?id=29400

Figure 1: The Information System for Small Scale Fisheries (ISSF) is a global collaborative online database providing information on small-scale fisheries (SSF) to help enhance knowledge about this sector and their overall contributions. ISSF is available at https://issfcloud.toobigtoignore.net/

The commitment, which is part of our ongoing 'Blue Justice' campaign, calls attention to the current discourse about Blue Growth/Blue Economy, which poses potential risks to the rights of small-scale fisheries to the fishing livelihoods, which include access to fisheries resources, to coastal and ocean space, and to local, national and international markets. The campaign is urging for the social justice of small-scale fisheries be recognized not only as a basic right, but also an important condition for the realization of the UN Sustainable Goals and implementation of the SSF Guidelines.

 [Editor’s Note: TBTI  last appeared in the ICAN Newsletter in the September 2014 issue.]

Interactive Database of the World’s River Basins

SDG Goal 6

SDG Goal 6: states “Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.”

Learn more about SDG 6 here

The Interactive Database of the World’s River Basins is one of the tools referenced by Inventory of Business Tools https://sdgcompass.org/business-tools/ . This inventory maps existing business tools against the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Interactive Database of the World’s River Basins database provides a compilation of the world’s river basins developed specifically for corporate disclosure. It features a comprehensive list of river basins worldwide, including their names, boundaries, and other helpful information. http://riverbasins.wateractionhub.org/

Figure 3: Interactive Database of the World’s River Basins

SDG Goal 14

SDG Goal 14 iconSDG Goal 14: states “Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development”.

Learn more about SDG 14 here

Many companies provide location-specific information in their water reporting. However, they often don’t have a common reference point for the places they talk about. Because of this, they often refer to the same place by different names, or to different places using the same name. This database solves that problem by allowing you to Find Basins by Latitude / Longitude Points and Find Basins by Country.

Figure 4: River Basins from Western Europe mapped in the Interactive Database of the World’s River Basins.


Allan Coral Atlas

SDG Goal 14.2

SDG Goal 14 iconSDG Goal 14.2 states: “By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans.”

Learn more about SDG 14 here

Arizona State University’s Center for Global Discovery and Conservation Science, the National Geographic Society, Planet, the University of Queensland, and Vulcan Inc. are working to expand the Allen Coral Atlas. With the Atlas, coral conservationists, reef managers and scientists have access to high quality information that has never before been available at this global scale.

The Allen Coral Atlas is built by a dedicated team of scientists, technologists, and conservationists, using one-of-a-kind methodologies, led and funded by Vulcan Inc.

It all starts with 3.7m satellite imagery. With this data in hand, distorting “noise” in the imagery is taken out. Algorithms then correct for the effects of the atmosphere and sun glint on the surface of the water, and then depth is calculated. Next, field data is used to calibrate rule sets before generating a habitat map with machine learning. The resulting map is then displayed on the Allen Coral Atlas website, and the Atlas Engagement team works with scientists, academics, policymakers, and protected area managers to facilitate use.


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!