The programme "International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange" (IODE) of the "Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission" (IOC) of UNESCO was established in 1961. Its purpose is to enhance marine research, exploitation and development, by facilitating the exchange of oceanographic data and information between participating Member States, and by meeting the needs of users for data and information products.
First ODINWESTPAC planning meeting concludes in Tianjin
The first planning workshop for the Ocean Data and Information Network for the WESTPAC region (ODINWESTPAC) was held in Tianjin, China between 4 and 6 March 2014. Co-sponsored by the Government of China (NMDIS), the meeting was attended by 21 participants from 9 WESTPAC Member States. The meeting discussed the current status of data and information management in the region, where currently only 5 of the 9 participating Member States have established an IODE NODC. The meeting adopted a work plan for 2014-2016 that focuses on the establishment of a regional metadatabase, e-repository, assistance with the development of NODCs and ADUs, establishing of quality management systems, as well as related training. The meeting further invited Prof Shaohua Lin (China) to continue as ODINWESTPAC coordinator and also designated 3 work package coordinators (from China, Australia and Japan) to assist with the implementation of the work plan. Report: http://www.iode.org/wr262
04-Feb-2014: IODE Quality Management Framework for NODCs published
The IODE Quality Management Framework (IODE-QMF) prvides a overall strategy, advice and guidance for NODCs to design and implement quality management systems (QMS) for the successful delivery of oceanographic and related data, products and services. The IODE encourages NODCs to implement a QMS and to demonstrate they are in conformity with ISO 9001, the international standard for quality management. While formal ISO 9001 certification is not mandatory, NODCs must be able to demonstrate that an effective quality management system has been implemented. The document can be downloaded HERE. More information on the IODE QMF Project can be found HERE.
3-February-2014: IODE Officers revise work plan and budget 2014-2015
The IODE Officers met in Geneva, Switzerland between 27-28 January 2014. They reviewed progress made with the IODE-XXII work plan (April-December 2013) and also revised the IODE-XXII work plan for 2014-2015, taking into account available funding. In this regard it was noted that the funding from UNESCO has increased to $80,000/year. This increase, although limited, will allow the re-start of several projects that had become dormant during the previous years 2012-2013 (especially regional projects).
The Officers allocated funding to each project that submitted a proposed work plan and budget aiming at a balanced distrbution between global and regional activities.
The full report of the meeting is available HERE
6-Jan-2014: Frédéric Dujardin started his MSc thesis work at IODE/OBIS
Today, Frédéric Dujardin from Ghent University (Belgium) started his MSc thesis work at the IOC project office for IODE. During the next five months, he will perform data analysis and make interactive maps illustrating where there is and is not ground-truth data for marine biodiversity over time, space and by functional groups using data from the Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS).
His work will contribute to one of OBIS's objectives to create tools, products and services for policy makers, scientists and the public that would allow the assessment of the state of knowledge and identification of the gaps around the globe.
Full thesis title: Creating online interactive maps on the status of global marine species distributions and diversity, an analysis on completeness, species richness, endemism, gaps and changes over time.
Promotor: Tim Deprez (Ghent University)
Supervisor: Ward Appeltans (IOC-UNESCO/IODE/OBIS)
Link: International Master of Science in Marine Biodiversity...
The IODE Meeting & Training Centre
ODINAFRICA Training Course on Ocean Data Portal
10 - 14 March 2014
ODINAFRICA Training Course on Marine Biodiversity Data Management
17 - 21 March 2014
2nd Session of the IODE Steering Group for OceanDocs
17 - 21 March 2014
Falmouth, United States
RDA Third Plenary meeting
26 - 28 March 2014
Meeting with IOC Afrca Secretariat to discuss ODINAFRICA future
31 March - 1 April 2014