16-August-2016: IODE-XXIV to be held in Malaysia, March 2017

The 24th Session of the IODE Committee will be held between in Kuala Lumpur, 27-31 March 2017, kindly hosted by the Government of Malaysia. A formal IOC Circular Letter will be sent out soon together with a first version of the provisional agenda. The main Session will be held between 28-31 March with a 1-day Scientific Conference to be held on 27 March. More information and documentation will be made available through the web page when it becomes available. Project coordinators/managers will be requested to provide progress reports on their projects for the past inter-sessional period as well as a proposed work plan and budget for the next inter-sessional period.

08-July-2016: ETDMP-V report published

the 5th Session of the JCOMM/IODE Expert Team on Data Management Practives (ETDMP-V) was held at the IOC project Office for IODE in Oostende, Belgium between 22-24 June 2016. The meeting reviewed progress since the previous session held in 2014, in particular the work of the Task Team on the Ocean Data Standards project Task for the IODE Ocean Data Portal and Task team for Metadata. The Session further adopted a work plan for the next inter-sessional period. REPORT HERE


04-July-2016: Lists IODE national coordinators updated

The lists of IODE national coordinators (for data management and for marine information management) have been updated. Those who did not reply to our direct emails that were sent as from 13 June 2016 have been removed from the lists. There are now 63 IODE national coordinators for data management (down from 78) and 31 IODE national coordinators for marine information management (down from 45). For all those who were removed as well as to other IOC member states who have not designated IODE national coordinators an official letter will be sent to IOC contact points asking them to designate IODE national coordinators.

30-Jun-2016: IFREMER publishes French Oceanographic Cruises Report of 2015

Ifremer/Sismer ( is pleased to present the “French Oceanographic Cruises Report of 2015”. 

It can be downloaded from: in IFREMER's ARCHIMER ( document repository.

13-Jun-2016: bi-annual update of IODE national coordinators and ADU contact points

Today the IODE Secretariat sent out an email to all IODE national coordinators for data management and for marine information management as well as ADU contact points This exercise is carried out every two years in order to ensure contact information is kept up-to-date. Contacted experts are invited to inform the Secretariat whether they are still IODE national coordinator. Deadline for response is 1 July 2016. Those who have not responded will unfortunately need to be removed. Later in 2016 an IOC Circular Letter will be sent to all IOC Member States who currently do not have IODE national coordinators to designate them as soon as possible so the Secretariat can effectively communicate with all IOC member states in matters related to ocean data and information management.

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Upcoming Events

Second Preparatory Committee meeting on UNCLOS/Conservation and sustainable use of Biodiversity in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction
26 August - 9 September 2016
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29 August 2016
New York, United States

2016 Session of the ASFA Advisory Board
12 - 16 September 2016
Hanoi, Vietnam

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