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...

27-October-2016: Global Ocean Science Report Editorial Board meets in Seoul

The Global Ocean Science Report (GOSR) will assist local and national governments, academic and research institutions, as well as international organizations and donors, in making informed decisions, e.g. on future research investment. In brief, the GOSR will inform of where the science capacity exists to address present marine environmental challenges. The 2nd Session of the GOSR Editorial Board met in Seoul, Republic of Korea (funded by the Rep of Korea) between 25-27 October 2016 to review progress. The IOC/IODE Secretariat participated as it was given the responsibility for coordinating input for Chapter 6 on Data and Information Management. Extensive input was already collected through an online survey addressed to the IODE community in June 2016.  In addition content is being prepared b a few eminent expert from the IODE community. In edition IOC/IODE has been invited to host and develop a repository of all materials that will be used to prepare the first version of the GOSR,...

20-October-2016: IAMSLIC and IODE to continue and expand cooperation

The International Association of Aquatic and Marine Science Libraries and Information Centers (IAMSLIC) ( held its 42nd Annual Conference in Merida, Mexico between 16-20 October 2016. This year’s theme was “Traditional Knowledge and Modern Information Practice”. Taking into account the growing involvement of marine librarians/information specialists in data management and the development of specialized integrated data and information products, the meeting included a few presentations on this topic. IODE cooperation with IAMSLIC goes back to the early 1990s when IAMSLIC provided interlibrary loan services to libraries in Africa, thereby providing access to up-to-date literature. Cooperation has continued and since 2010 IODE provides hosting and maintenance services to IAMSLIC’s Aquatic Commons document e-repository as a complementary e-repository to IODE’s OceanDocs. During this year’s conference IAMSLIC and IODE agreed to cooperate on: (MORE

22-Sept-2016: Come join the OceanDocs community !

 Complete Overview, Agenda, Documents and List of Participants of the Meeting

The fifth session of the IODE Steering Group (SG) for OceanDocs was held between 22nd and 24th August 2016 in Miami, Florida. The future strategic direction of the project was a major topic of the discussions during the brainstorming sessions. One of the outcomes of these discussions was to form a community of marine information professionals with a proven expertise to help improve OceanDocs. If you are a marine information professional with proven skills in Advocacy/Marketing of online information products, Programming (Java), Training in online document repositories  or Scientific Community Building then please contact Ms. P. Simpson (Project Manager). We would be delighted to welcome you into the OceanDocs community.

All this and much more  on other topics of discussion during the meeting could be found in the MEETING REPORT.

29-Aug-2016: IODE’s OBIS and OceanTeacher presented at United Nations

Well over 100 delegates attended the side event on Capacity Building and Transfer of Marine Technology, which was co-organized by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO and the permanent missions of Belgium and Fiji to the UN. The side event was part of the second Preparatory Committee meeting on the development of a new international legally binding instrument on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ PrepCom) under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), 26 August – 9 September 2016. [more]

The IODE Meeting & Training Centre



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




Upcoming Events

18th Annual Large Marine Ecosystem Meeting
6 - 8 December 2016
Paris, France

Deep Ocean Observing Strategy (DOOS) Workshop
7 - 9 December 2016
La Jolla, United States

IODE/OTGA-VLIZ: Training Course: Ocean Science Communication Tools - Workshop
8 December 2016
Oostende, Belgium

CANCELLED. OTGA-NSU Training Course: Information Runs Deep: Digital Repositories and OceanDocs
12 - 15 December 2016
Dania Beach, United States

OTGA-ISRA/CRODT: Système d’Information Geographique (SIG): Application dans le Domaine Marin et Côtier
16 - 20 January 2017

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