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.
11-May-2015: IOC Communication Strategy for Marine Information Management published
This 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
Complete Overview, Documents and Participants
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
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
Complete Overview, Documents and Participants
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.
29-April-2015: 4th ODIP Workshop - Liverpool, United Kingdom
Complete Overview, Agenda, Documents
The 4th ODIP Workshop was held on 20 - 23 April 2015, in Liverpool, United Kingdom, hosted by the British Oceanographic Data Centre (BODC). The meeting took place at the Studio, Open Labs, lC1 Liverpool Science Park. The Ocean Data Interoperability Platform (ODIP) project aims to establish an EU/USA/Australia/IOC-IODE coordination platform, the objective of which is to develop interoperability between existing regional marine e-infrastructures in order to create a global framework for marine and ocean data management, and to demonstrate this coordination through several joint EU-USA-Australia-IOC/IODE prototypes that demonstrate effective sharing of data across scientific domains, organizationals and national boundaries. ODIP is funded in parallel by the European Commission, National Science Foundation (NSF)-USA and the Australian Government. The continuation of ODIP has been already funded by the EC from April 2015 - April 2018.
The IODE Meeting & Training Centre
IOC/HAB Identification Qualification in Harmful Marine Microalgae 2015
4 May - 8 June 2015
INCOIS Training Course on Biological Oceanographic Processes
18 - 22 May 2015
OTGA Training Course: Marine Spatial Planning and Integrated Coastal Zone Management
25 - 29 May 2015
Santa Marta , Colombia
INCOIS Training Course on An Introduction to the Blue Ocean
1 - 12 June 2015
IOC Qualifications in Identification and Enumeration of Harmful Microalgae
9 - 22 August 2015