1-July-2015: OPI established as an ADU

The Oceans Past Initiative (OPI) is a global research network for marine historical research. Their goal is to enhance knowledge and understanding of how the diversity, distribution and abundance of marine life in the world’s oceans has changed over the long term to better indicate future changes and possibilities, and to contribute to the sustainable use of marine systems.

OPI is essentially aiming at contributing the historical biogeographic data (contained at HMAP Data Pages) to OBIS as a tier-3 OBIS node under EurOBIS and can contribute in data standard and best practice setting for historical biodiversity data.

In addition, OPI may contribute to the IODE Capacity Building programme in the field of history of humankind’s interactions with life in the oceans including paleo-ecology and climatology, archaeology, marine environmental history, economic history, oral history, historical ecology, fisheries history, and marine environmental and fisheries policy. OPI website:

11-May-2015: IOC Communication Strategy for Marine Information Management published

mg71 thumbThis document outlines a framework for communication activities for 2015-2017 identifying new objectives while building on previous outcomes.  It acknowledges the need to broaden the understanding of MIM by the wider IODE Data Management community and identify robust mechanisms, which will improve communication between IODE Officers and GE-MIM and with other relevant agencies in marine information management. Effective communications will allow GE-MIM to disseminate these outcomes in a targeted and efficient manner, thereby promoting marine information management. DOWNLOAD

06-May-2015: 7th ICAN Workshop and ICAN Steering Group meeting – Cape Town, South Africa

ICAN7 2015

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 Since March 2013 the International Coastal Atlas Network (ICAN) is an official Project of IODE of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC). Between 19 and 20 April ICAN organized its 7th workshop which provided an opportunity to discuss how coastal web atlases (CWA) can assist in implementing ecosystem based management approaches. The venue of this workshop was particularly pertinent as the African continent is surrounded by five Large Marine Ecosystems (the Agulhas and Somali Current, The Benguela Current, the Canary Current, the Mediterranean Current, the Guinea Current) all requiring sustainable management and protection. As this was the first time the workshop took place in Africa, it was a great opportunity to discuss developments from the ODINAFRICA Coastal and Marine Atlas community. The ICAN Steering Group met after the workshop.

5-May-2015: Pieter Provoost joins IOC Project Office for IODE

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Pieter Provoost joined the IOC Project Office for IODE. Pieter received a Master of Science degree in Marine and Lacustrine Sciences from Ghent University in 2005. After graduating, he joined the department of Ecosystem Studies at the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW) as a junior researcher. Pieter participated in a number of research projects, mainly focusing on benthic ecology and biogeochemistry in the North Sea. In 2011, he started working as a software developer in the private sector, first in retail logistics and later in human resources. Pieter has experience in software design, database management, backend and frontend development, and GIS. At the project office Pieter will support the OBIS secretariat as database manager as well as  several other projects.

04-May-2015: OTGA Marine Spatial Planning Training Course - Cape Town, South Africa

 MSP 2015 SA

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IOC-UNESCO is recognised as the leading international organization on Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) issues and has provided guidance and training on MSP in the last few years. Between 20 - 22 April 2015, 40 participants from Africa and South America countries attended the OceanTeacher Global Academy (OTGA) training course on Marine Spatial Planning. This was a joint organisation of the IOC’s MPR (SPINCAM) and IODE (OTGA and ICAN) Programmes. This event marked the launching of the OTGA network of Regional Training Centres (RTC), with the South African RTC starting off the 2015 calendar of the OTGA training calendar. The participants were also able to attend the ICAN 7 workshop the day prior to the course.

The IODE Meeting & Training Centre



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



Upcoming Events

OTGA-POGO-AWI: Ocean Data Management Training Course
20 - 31 July 2015
Helgoland, Germany

IOC Qualifications in Identification and Enumeration of Harmful Microalgae
9 - 22 August 2015

OTGA Training Course: Marine GIS
31 August - 4 September 2015
Mombasa, Kenya

First Session of the IODE/IAMSLIC Group of Experts on Marine Information Management
4 - 5 September 2015
Rome, Italy

Annual IAMSLIC Conference & 16 EURASLIC Biennial Meeting: Blue Growth: Motivating Innovations in Aquatic Information Management
7 - 11 September 2015
Roma, Italy

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