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March 2015 Newsletter now available

Find out about the the programme of events at the upcoming ICAN 7 workshop and CoastGIS conference in Cape Town in mid April 2015, Alaska´s shoreline change tool, version 2.0 of the Maryland atlas and how atlases can help coastal policy and decision making and much more. The newsletter can be downloaded here

ICAN Activities Endorsed by IODE Committee

ICAN Steering Group members Ned Dwyer, Dawn Wright, Lucy Scott and Linda Pikula demonstrated the strong commitment of ICAN to IODE at the IODE-XXIII meeting held from 17-20 March 2015 in Bruges, Belgium. This biannual meeting was attended by representatives of all IODE projects, delegates from the National Oceanographic Data Centres of IOC member countries and observer projects. The proposed ICAN work plan and budget proposal for 2016-2017 was accepted by the Committee underlining that ICAN activities are of great relevance to IODE members.

EurOcean Joins ICAN!

ICAN is very pleased to welcome its latest member, EurOcean (www.eurocean.org). As described by new EurOcean executive director Ned Dwyer, already of great ICAN fame: "EurOcean or the European Centre for Information in Marine Science and Technology is an independent scientific non-governmental organization of 14 leading European marine organisations whose aim is to develop information exchange and derive values added products in the field of marine sciences and technologies. It maintains databases of marine infrastructures and a database cataloguing thousands of European marine relevant projects

Again, a warm welcome to these colleagues from EurOcean, headquartered in beautiful Lisbon, Portugal!

Draft ICAN 7 Workshop Program now available

The draft program for the ICAN 7 workshop to be held in Cape Town, South Africa on 19 - 20 April is now published. You can check it out here

The registration has been extended to March 17th 2015.

This year ICAN is joining forces with IOC to offer a course on Marine Spatial Planning (by invitation only), which will run immediately after the workshop from April 20 to 22 2015.

Minutes of Steering Group Teleconference, 15 January 2015 available

A regular teleconference meeting of the ICAN Steering Group was held on January 15th 2015. Matters discussed included planning for ICAN 7 in South Africa, porting of the web site, and the recent workplan submitted to IODE.

Minutes from the meeting can be found in
Working Groups

Registration for ICAN-7 workshop now open

Registration for the ICAN workshop to be held in Cape Town on April 19-20 2015, just before CoastGIS, is now open.
Register here before February 28th 2015.

If you would like to present a paper on your atlas development or usage experiences, please send a title and a brief (approx. 250 words) abstract before 28 February 2015 to Kathrin (k.kopke@ucc.ie) or Marcia (marcia@vims.edu) for consideration by the workshop organising committee.
Details of the programme and information on the event can be found here.

ICAN Welcomes Three New Members!

ICAN is very pleased to welcome four new members:

- Santos Web Atlas of Brazil

- INDIGEO of France

- the Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e di Geofisica Sperimentale (OGS) of Italy for the Mediterranean region

These atlases and their contact people are now featured on our membership roster.

A warm welcome to these new members of our community!

ICAN Represented at Esri Ocean GIS Forum

Great work by David Hart of the Wisconsin Coastal Atlas (ICAN member) and the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute for his “story map” presented during the 2nd Annual Esri Ocean GIS Forum (and presented using only the story map with no need for a PowerPoint file).

David's story map provides a nice history of our organization to date, and also provides an easily update-able web map of ICAN members. This should surely come in handy as our organization continues to grow. In general, the story map holds great potential as an effective communication tool for sharing our web atlases with stakeholders, and for communicating the science and benefits of integrated coastal zone management. David’s story map has also been added to the “Ocean of Story Maps” catalog.

ICAN to be represented at IOC's 2nd International Ocean Research Conference

ICAN will be represented at the IOC's 2nd International Ocean Research Conference taking place in Barcelona, Spain from November 16-21 2014. ICAN co-chair Ned Dwyer will present ICAN's approaches to improving data access and its research on semantic imteroperability during a workshop on November 16th entitled "Scientists Sharing Data: Existing Databases, Improving Access, Data Poor Areas". More information on the Conference here

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