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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

ICAN SG Teleconference

15 Jan 2015 4:30 pm
Europe/Dublin

Improve your GIS and Web Skills

Do you want to get more experience working with GIS software? Have you ever wanted to try building a web site? Well, this could be your big chance! If you can self-fund or get a grant (e.g. ERASMUS +) for a period of 6 months or more, then the Coastal and Marine Research Centre in Ireland would like to hear from you. We have opportunities to work on the Marine Irish Digital Atlas, maintaining the data layers and adding new data and metadata to the Atlas. We also have work to do on building the new ICAN web site and transitioning this site. So if you have basic skills in GIS or some experience in HTML , the Joomla Content Management System and building website content then we would like to hear from you. Contact Ned Dwyer (n.dwyer@ucc.ie) for more information.

September 2014 Newsletter now available

Find out about the the upcoming ICAN 7 workshop in Cape Town in April 2015, Scotland's National Marine Plan Interactive, Launch of the Global Information System on Small-Scale Fisheries and much more. The newsletter can be downloaded here

The West Coast Ocean Data Portal joins ICAN!

ICAN is very pleased to welcome its latest member, the US West Coast Ocean Data Portal. The Portal is a project of the West Coast Governors Alliance on Ocean Health (WCGA), one of the regional ocean partnerships implementing the US National Ocean Policy. Its purpose is to increase discovery and connectivity of ocean and coastal data and people (particularly from Oregon, Washington, and California) to better inform regional resource management, policy development, and ocean planning. A great feature of the portal is its provision of multiple machine pathways (CSW, Esri Geoportal REST API, OpenSearch API, and SOLR REST API) to enable search and connection to the services and datasets published by network members. The portal also has a growing online community, including a blogosphere, at network.westcoastoceans.org.

Again, a warm welcome to these colleagues from the US West Coast Ocean Data Portal!

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