22-January-2016: IODE Officers meeting in Oostende

2016officersrepThe IODE Officers met at the IOC Project Office, Oostende, Belgium for their 2016 meeting.2016 Session. They reviewed progress of the IODE-XXIII Session (March 2015) concluding that implementation of the work plan was proceeding well. They focused specifically on the future of the IODE Ocean Data Portal, which will be re-oriented, and on the work of the inter-sessional working group on the structure of IODE. The Officers also reviewed and revised the IODE work plan for 2016, taking into account the sloght increase in regular programme funding. The Report can be found HERE

21-December-2015: Season's Greetings from the IODE project office

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The staff of the IOC Project Office for IODE wishes you, your colleagues and family all the best for 2016.

The Project Office will continue serving you with the international coordination of oceanographic data and information management and related training in the new year.

Best greetings from Adi, Claudia, Francesca, Kristin, Lies, Mark, Mithun, Peter, Pieter and Ward.


14-December-2015: Mr Mithun Gawas joins IODE project office


Mr Mithun Gawas joined the IOC Project Office for IODE on 14 December 2015. Mr. Gawas has a Masters Degree in Physics from Goa University, India. Prior to joining IODE he worked as a Software Engineer at Quagnitia Systems, India. He has obtained extensive experience in oceanographic software development and maintenance while working at the National Institute of Oceanography, Goa, India. He is proficient in web development technologies such as PHP/MySQL, Javascript, jQuery, AJAX, Bootstrap and PHP frameworks such as CodeIgniter and Symphony. His main task at IODE will be to redevelop and maintain the OceanExpert database and work on the DIPS project.


13-November 2015: Marine GIS times 3

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During the last 6 weeks the OceanTeacher Global Academy (OTGA) organised 3 courses on Marine GIS across 3 different continents. In total, 66 participants from 22 different countries were involved, 52 of them as trainees and 14 local/regional experts. Together with the IODE Project Office the 3 OTGA-Regional Training Centres (RTCs) have done a great job organising the courses and all the logistics behind it. Additionally, courses were taught in English (Kenya and Malaysia) but also in Spanish (Colombia).

A big thanks to KMFRI (Mombasa, Kenya), INOS-UMT (Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia) and INVEMAR (Santa Marta, Colombia) which are already making a difference.

For more details on the 3 Marine GIS courses check the IODE calendar here, here and here.

The next stop for OTGA is NSU in Florida (USA) next week.

3-November-2015: Francesca Santoro joins the IODE project office

francescasantoroFrancesca Santoro has been working in the field of ocean science and ocean management since the year 2000. Since then she has worked for a number of European research centres and universities (University of Venice, Euro-Mediterranean Centre for Climate Change, University of Maastricht, European Commission Joint Research Centre). In March 2011 she joined the IOC serving the Ocean Science Section and the Tsunami Unit. At IODE Francesca will be working on the Sea Change project which aims at promoting Ocean Literacy in Europe and ECOPOTENTIAL, on the use of earth observation for mapping and modeling ecosystem services in protected areas. In both projects Francesca will be in charge of science-policy interface and of capacity development. 

The IODE Meeting & Training Centre



Data: Ocean Data Portal
People: OceanExpert
Learn: OceanTeacher
Biodiversity: OBIS
Video: OceanTeacher-Vimeo



Upcoming Events

3rd Session of the IODE Steering Group for the OceanDataPortal project
15 - 17 February 2016
Oostende, Belgium

SPINCAM-OTGA workshop on Ocean Governance and Sustainable Based Economy / Gobernanza y Economía Sostenible del Océano
16 - 17 February 2016
Oostende, Belgium

Semana de SPINCAM en Flandes / SPINCAM Week in Flanders
16 - 19 February 2016
Oostende & Brussel, Belgium

OceanTeacher Global Academy Steering Group Meeting II
8 - 11 March 2016
Oostende, Belgium

Joint IW:LEARN & LME:LEARN Project(s) Inception Workshop
15 - 16 March 2016
PARIS, France

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