21-24 February 2017: OTGA Steering Group meets in Ostend, Belgium

20170223_OTGA SG3_OstendThe third meeting of the Steering Group for the OceanTeacher Global Academy took place in Ostend, between 21-23 February 2017.
During this meeting the Regional Training Centres activities were assessed. The OTGA network of RTCs now includes Colombia, Senegal, Mozambique, Kenya, India and Malaysia, as well as Belgium. Three other RTCs (China, USA and South Africa) kept the Candidate status.
A new Candidate RTC joined the network: INIOAS (Iran) will organise an OTGA training course in 2017. This will be very important for the network as it covers an underrepresented region.
The Group agreed on the OTGA’s course calendar for the rest of 2017, which will be published soon on the IODE calendar/website. Some 20 courses are planned until the end of the year around the globe in 4 different languages.
Two new Co-Chairs were elected: Aidy Muslim from Malaysia and Harrison Onganda from Kenya. The final version of the 3rd OTGA SG Meeting will be made available soon.

The meeting included a one...

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)

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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.


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Upcoming Events

24th Session of the IODE Committee
27 - 31 March 2017
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Curso Curso de Administración de Datos Biogeográficos Marinos - OBISde Administración de Datos Biogeográficos Marinos - OBIS
3 - 7 April 2017
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

10th WESTPAC International Scientific Conference: dvancing Ocean Knowledge, Fostering Sustainable Development: from the Indo-Pacific to the Globe
17 - 20 April 2017
Qingdao, China

Thirteenth Session of the IOC Intergovernmental Panel on Harmful Algal Blooms
3 - 5 May 2017
Paris, France

NMDIS-IODE Regional Workshop on the contribution of oceanographic data and information management and exchange to Ocean and Coastal Sustainability
16 - 18 May 2017
Tianjin, China

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