17-Feb-2017: Caribbean Marine Atlas partners adopt 2017 work plan

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The 2nd Session of the IODE Steering Group for the Caribbean Marine Atlas, 2nd phase was held in Cartagena, Colombia, organized by INVEMAR, the IOCARIBE and IODE Secretariats. The purpose of CMA-2 Project is sustainable operationalization of an online digital “Caribbean Marine Atlas” technology platform ( in support of Integrated Coastal Zone Management - ICZM (with special attention to: coastal hazards, climate change, biodiversity & habitats, fisheries, landbased sources of pollution) and Ecosystem-based Management for CLME. The Caribbean Marine Atlas Platform allows you to browse through an extensive catalogue of data “layers” on a wide variety of topics and to create maps based on one or more of these “layers”. The Session reviewed the current status of the online Atlas as well as of the submission of data (layers) by the participating countries [more]

23 - 27 January 2017: OTGA-UEM Training Course: Funtos da Gestão de Dados Oceanográficos (Fundamentals of Ocean Data Management)

OTGA Mozambique Jan2017

During one full week, Maputo (capital of Mozambique) and Quelimane (north Mozambique) were connected via videoconferencing in a first time ever experience: 2 classrooms attended the same course on Fundamentals of Ocean Data Management, a joint organisation from IODE's OceanTeacher Global Academy (OTGA) and the Eduardo Mondlane University (Mozambique) with the support of the UNESCO Maputo Office.

The course, suported by the UNESCO/IOC Project Office for IODE in Oostende, targeted participants from the African Portuguese-Speaking Countries (PALOP’s: Angola. Cape Verde, Guine, MOzambique and Sao Tome & Principe), an under-represented community in IOC capacity developemnet activities. However, applications from other countries were received, namely from Brazil, Spain, Macau, Madagascar, Morocco and Tunisia. 28 candidates from different sectors of marine and maritime services, spanning from academia, research, government, NGOs to private institutions were selected to attend the course.

ICAN-Best Practice Guide to Engage your Coastal Web Atlas User Community now available


User interactions between CWA developers and hosts and their target audiences have been explored since the beginning of the ICAN project, through workshops, and practically through the development of the various atlases by the membership of ICAN. We believe that the wealth of experience gained within ICAN should be made available to new and existing atlas developers in order to provide practical guidance on how best to interact with atlas audiences. Download from HERE 


CLOSED, 2016-12-13: Vacancy for a OBIS Data Science Officer (P1)

We are recruiting a Data Science Officer to join the OBIS secretariat based at our IOC Project Office for IODE in Oostende (Belgium), to provide data management support to the OBIS secretariat, customer support and training to the network of OBIS nodes and its user community. An important part of the job will include working for the European Commission Horizon 2020 project on monitoring Ecosystem Services (ECOPOTENTIAL). The job requires excellent data management, analytical and communication skills. Deadline for applications: 15 January 2017. More information see Jobs.


2016-11-14: The revival of the deep sea in OBIS

The first International OBIS-INDEEP training workshop was attended by 33 participants from 16 countries (Australia, Belgium, Canada, Colombia, Ecuador, France, Germany, Jamaica, Mauritania, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom and United States) and took place on 25-28 October 2016 at the UNESCO-IOC project office for IODE in Oostende (Belgium). The participants represented 20 different deep-sea programmes and data systems (see list below).

The meeting brought together deep-sea biologists and data managers and created the momentum to build an international alliance of young scientists with a common vision to provide open access to deep-sea biodiversity data and enhance our understanding of the deep-ocean ecosystem in order to better inform ocean governance and management.

The group called for:

  • The establishment of a data-sharing platform, built on the Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS), with the aim to provide a single integrated access...

The IODE Meeting & Training Centre



Data: Ocean Data Portal
People: OceanExpert
Publications:OceanDocs | IMAR
Learn: OceanTeacher
Biodiversity: OBIS
Video: OceanTeacher-Vimeo




Upcoming Events

3rd Session of the IODE Steering Group for the OceanTeacher Global Academy Project
21 - 24 February 2017
Oostende, Belgium

Ocean Data Management Training Course
27 February - 10 March 2017
Helgoland, Germany

Curso Administración de Datos Biogeográficos Marinos (Contribuyendo al Uso de OBIS
27 February - 3 March 2017
Merida, Mexico

Fourth Session of IOC Sub Commission for Africa and the Adjacent Island States
6 - 8 March 2017
Alexandria, Egypt

OTGA-INCOIS: Training Course: Discovery and Use of Operational Ocean Data Products and Services
6 - 10 March 2017
Hyderabad, India

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