• 17ª Reunión del Comité de la COI sobre Intercambio Internacional de Datos e Información Oceanográficos (IODE-XVII)

      IOC for UNESCO (2003)
      El presente documento comprende un párrafo introductorio y las decisiones adoptadas por el Comité de la COI sobre Intercambio de Datos e Información Oceanográficos en su 17ª reunión, en la forma siguiente: Sección 1: decisiones adoptadas por el Comité sobre IODE respecto de cada punto del orden del día; y Sección 2: resoluciones y recomendaciones aprobadas por el Comité sobre IODE. Este Resumen dispositivo existe en español, francés, inglés y ruso. El informe resumido completo se publica en inglés solamente. El informe se presentará a la Asamblea de la COI en su 22ª reunión, en junio de 2003, para que lo suscriba.
    • Actionsheet on Implementation of Decisions and Recommend Actions of the Fourteenth Session of the IOC Committee on IODE: ANNEX III

      IOC for UNESCO (1992)
      The Action Sheet is an up-dated version of the status of implementation of decisions & recommendations of IODE-XIV as of 1 November 1995. This updated version is a Supplement to Document IOC/IODE-XV/6 "Report on Intersessional Activities of the Chairman of the IOC Committee on IODE".
    • Commission océanographique intergouvernementale - Rapports des organes directeurs et des principaux organes subsidiaires - Seizième session

      IOC for UNESCO (2000)
      RESUME La seizième session du Comité de la COI sur l'IODE a réuni près de 100 participants venus de 37 pays et d'un certain nombre d'organisations partenaires. Le Comité a recommandé qu'un soutien spécifique soit apporté aux coordonnateurs régionaux de l'IODE. Compte tenu du succès du "Projet pilote concernant la redéfinition du MEDI", le Comité a recommandé (i) de transformer le MEDI en un programme permanent de l'IODE ; (ii) de mettre en place un Groupe directeur pour MEDI ; et (iii) d'inclure l'outil logiciel MEDI dans les activités de formation et les produits/projets de renforcement des capacités de l'IODE. Le Comité a reconnu l'importance pour l'IODE de participer activement, par l'intermédiaire de ses centres de données, à la planification des programmes d'étude et de surveillance du milieu marin. Le Comité a par conséquent recommandé la création d'un Groupe directeur chargé d'établir, d'entretenir et de renforcer la coopération entre l'IODE et les programmes de recherche et de surveillance. Le Comité s'est félicité de la création de la JCOMM et a décidé qu'il faudrait instaurer des rapports constructifs entre la Commission mixte et l'IODE. Il a recommandé d'accorder, au sein du système IODE, une plus grande attention aux données obtenues par télédétection, aux données biologiques et chimiques, ainsi qu'aux données relatives à la pollution et aux zones côtières. Il a également recommandé la création d'un Groupe d'experts sur les pratiques en matière d'échange et de gestion des données biologiques et chimiques. Au vu de la réussite du projet GODAR, le Comité a approuvé la mise au point d'un Projet de base de données océaniques mondiales et a entériné l'expansion du site Web de l'IODE, du portail de données et d'information de l'IODE et des services et produits connexes. Le Comité a recommandé à la COI de participer à la mise au point d'un langage de balisage extensible (XML) pour les données marines et d'en promouvoir l'utilisation au niveau national. Il a recommandé la constitution d'un Groupe directeur chargé du Dossier d'information de l'IODE. Notant le succès de réseaux régionaux de données et/ou d'information comme RECOSCIX, ODINAFRICA et MEDAR/MEDATLAS, il a en outre recommandé la mise en place d'autres réseaux régionaux. RESUMEN Asistieron a la 16ª reunión del Comité de la COI sobre el IODE aproximadamente 100 participantes de 37 países y varias organizaciones asociadas. El Comité recomendó que se prestara apoyo específico a los Coordinadores Regionales del IODE. En vista del éxito logrado por el "Proyecto piloto sobre la revisión del MEDI", el Comité recomendó: a) dar al MEDI el carácter de programa permanente del IODE; establecer un Grupo de Dirección del IODE para el Programa MEDI; y iii) incluir el soporte lógico del MEDI en las actividades de capacitación del IODE y en los productos y proyectos de aumento de capacidad. El Comité reconoció la importancia de que el IODE, a través de sus centros de datos, participe activamente en el planeamiento de los programas marinos científicos y de observación. El Comité recomendó por lo tanto que se estableciera un Grupo de Dirección sobre la Instauración, el Mantenimiento y el Fortalecimiento de la Cooperación entre el IODE y los Programas de Investigación y Observación. El Comité celebró la creación de la JCOMM y decidió que era preciso establecer una constructiva relación entre ésta y el IODE. El Comité recomendó que en el sistema de IODE se prestara más atención a los datos teledetectados y a los datos biológicos y químicos, así como a los relativos a la contaminación y a las zonas costeras. El Comité recomendó que se estableciera un Grupo de Expertos sobre Gestión de Datos Biológicos y Químicos y Prácticas de Intercambio. Habida cuenta del éxito del proyecto GODAR el Comité aprobó la elaboración de un proyecto de base de datos oceánicos mundiales y respaldó el desarrollo del sitio Web del IODE, del Portal de Datos e Información del IODE y de los servicios y productos conexos. El Comité recomendó que la COI participara en la preparación de un XML para datos marinos y propiciara su uso en el plano nacional. El Comité recomendó que se creara un Grupo de Dirección para el Juego de Materiales del IODE. Observando los buenos resultados de las redes regionales de datos e información tales como RECOSCIX, ODINAFRICA y MEDAR/MEDATLAS, el Comité recomendó que se organizaran redes regionales adicionales. РЕЗЮМЕ В работе 16-й сессии Комитета МОК по МООД участвовало около ста представителей 37 стран и ряда партнерских организаций. Комитет рекомендовал оказать конкретную под- держку региональным координаторам МООД. Ввиду успеха «Пилотного проекта по пере- смотру МЕДИ» Комитет рекомендовал (i) сделать МЕДИ одной из постоянных программ МООД; (ii) учредить Руководящую группу по МЕДИ и (iii) использовать программное обеспечение МЕДИ в мероприятиях МООД по подготовке специалистов и в продук- тах/проектах по укреплению потенциала. Комитет признал важность активного участия МООД через ее центры данных в планировании программ научных исследований и мониторинга морской среды. В этой связи Комитет рекомендовал учредить руководящую группу по установлению, поддержанию и укреплению сотрудничества между МООД и программами научных исследований и мониторинга. Комитет приветствовал создание ОКОММ и принял решение о том, что между ОКОММ и МООД следует установить конструктивные взаимоотношения. Комитет рекомендовал уделять в рамках системы МООД большее внимание данным дистанционного зондирования, биологическим и химическим данным, данным о загрязнении и данным о прибрежной зоне. Комитет рекомендовал учредить группу экспертов по практическим методам управления и обмена биологическими и химическими данными. В связи с успехом проекта ГОДАР Комитет одобрил разработку Проекта по базе данных о Мировом океане и поддержал дальнейшее развитие веб-сайта МООД, портала данных и информации МООД и соответствующих служб и продуктов. Комитет рекомендовал МОК участвовать в разработке морского формата XML и содействовать расширению использования XML на национальном уровне. Комитет рекомендовал учредить руководящую группу по справочному комплекту МООД. Отмечая успешное функционирование региональных сетей данных и/или информации, таких, как РЕКОСИКС, ОДИНАФРИКА и МЕДАР/МЕДАТЛАС, Комитет рекомендовал развивать новые региональные сети.
    • Contribution to the future of the IOC Executive roadmap. Prepared for Forty-ninth Session of the Executive Council UNESCO, Paris, 7–10 June 2016.

      Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (UNESCO-IOCParis, France, 2016)
      This document has been prepared in pursuance of Decision IOC-XXVIII/4 of the IOC Assembly at its 28th session (18-25 June 2015), which decided that the inter-sessional work on this subject should continue under the leadership of the IOC Officers with a view of providing a fully developed document with recommendation to the IOC Executive Council at its 49th session in 2016. Consistent with the decision, the document proposed for the review by the Executive Council results from the discussions at the Joint ‘Think Tank’ Retreat of the IOC Officers and the IOC Management Team, held from 5 to 8 January 2016 in Gilleleje, Denmark. The appendices to the document contain: (i) the draft messages adapted to specific audiences about the societal benefits of IOCs mission, programmes and activities based on the input from the sessional working group and the discussions in plenary; and (ii) a Concept note: A Second International Decade of (Integrated) Ocean Exploration, 2021-2030. Document IOC/INF-1337, ‘Synthesis of IOC development, work and results: opportunities and coincidences 1960–2015’ by Gunnar Kullenberg (past Executive Secretary) completes the documentation for this agenda item. Decision proposed: Full draft decision is presented in para. 173. The Executive Council will be requested to provide its recommendations on the proposed documentation to be used by the Officers in the intersessional period with a view of presenting the final proposal to the IOC Assembly at its 29th session in 2017.
    • The Data Buoy Cooperation Panel: a retrospective.

      Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission; World Meteorological Organization (UNESCOParis, France, 2016)
      The Data Buoy Cooperation Panel (DBCP) is an international organization jointly supported by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO. It operates under the Joint WMO-IOC Technical Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology (JCOMM). The DBCP has functioned effectively since 1985. This Retrospective will review the history of the DBCP, document its successes and accomplishments, highlight its approaches and acknowledge contributions from organizations and individuals. Please refer to the DBCP web site for information on the background, programmes, data and more at http://www.jcommops.org/dbcp/.
    • Development of a Marine XML: ICES-IOC Study Group on the Development of Marine Data Exchange Systems Using XML (SGXML)

      Gelfeld, R.; Isenor, A. (2002)
      The first meeting of the SGXML resulted in the initial development of a plan to guide an investigation into how XML technology might best be used in an oceanographic context. From an IOC/IODE perspective, the requirement was to design a framework for an XML structure that data centres can use. It is thought that a mutually acceptable structure will solve many problems. A series of short presentations were given to illustrate XML developments in the various organizations represented. These presentations, predominantly served to initiate a series of discussions. The main requirements for an XML based exchange system involved the development of a document type definition (DTD) and standardised syntax for common content (code tables). With these, it should be possible to exchange data knowing the details of the content. Deriving a common data model is the key to XML developments. Related to this are various data relationships (internal and external), normalization, common dictionary development, common code tables and general data model description. Then, the description could be mapped to an XML syntax and thus produce a marine XML. It was recognized that the definition of tags, etc. was important. However, the importance of a common data dictionary stems from the distributed data system approach. If such a system sends out a request for data (e.g. using spatial-temporal-parameter query) and collects together data from different databases, and then pulls all collected data together, it would presently result in many different names for the same parameter. However the Group considered that all dictionaries must be considered equal and a system for mapping between the different dictionaries is necessary. An essential component of the development is a general data model containing a common structure. The Group plans to instigate development of a common data model on the basis of the full application domain (marine data in general). Russia will be leading this issue at a national level, to produce a general data model as the basis of a DTD for the widest possible domain. IOC has registered the domain name marinexml.net, which it established as a community portal for marine XML discussion.
    • Dix-septieme Session du Comite de la COI sur l'Exchange International des Donnees et de l'Information Oceanographiques (IODE-XVII)

      IOC for UNESCO (2003)
      Après un paragraphe d'introduction, le présent document contient toutes les décisions adoptées par le Comité sur l'Echange international des données et de l'information océanographiques à sa 17e session, présentées comme suit : Section 1 : décisions prises par le Comité sur l'IODE au titre de chacun des points de l'ordre du jour ; et Section 2 : résolutions et recommandations adoptées par le Comité sur l'IODE. Le rapport succinct est disponible en anglais, espagnol, français et russe tandis que le texte intégral du rapport de la session est publié en anglais uniquement. Il sera soumis pour approbation à la vingt-deuxième session de l'Assemblée de la COI en juin 2003.
    • Executive Summary Report

      IOC; UNESCO (2005)
      After an introductory paragraph this document contains all decisions adopted by the Committee on International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange at its eighteenth session as follows: Section 1: decisions made by the IODE Committee under each agenda items; and Section 2: Four Resolutions and eight Recommendations adopted by the IODE Committee. This Executive Summary is available in English, French, Russian and Spanish. The full summary Report of the session is published in English only. In accordance with IOC Rule of Procedure No.48.3, the report of this major subsidiary body is submitted to the IOC Assembly at its 23rd session in June 2005 for endorsement.
    • Executive summary report: Nineteenth session of the IOC Committee on International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange

      IOC; UNESCO (UNESCO, 2007)
      This document contains all decisions adopted by the Committee on International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange at its nineteenth session. The decisions, one resolution and fourteen recommendations are organized under 33 subjects. References to the relevant paragraphs in the full summary report are indicated in brackets. This Executive Summary is available in English, French, Russian and Spanish. The full summary Report of the session is published in English only. In accordance with IOC Rule of Procedure No.48.3, the report of this major subsidiary body is submitted to the IOC Assembly at its 23rd session in June 2005 for endorsement.
    • Fifth session of the International Oceanographic Commission

      IOC for UNESCO (UNESCO, 1966)
      The IOC Working Group on International Oceanographic Data Exchange met at Charlottenlund castle from 31 March to 2 April 1966 with Dr. John B. Tait in the chair. The meeting was welcomed by Mr. H. Tambs-Lyche, Secretary-General of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES). After the selection of Mr. Charles D. Sauer (Canada) as Chairman to take office at the close of the present meeting, and designation of Professor W.S. Wooster (SCOR) as Rapporteur.
    • Final report of the ICES/IOC Sti-udy Group on the Development of Marine Data Exchange Systems using XML

      Isenor, A.; Lowry, R.K. (UNESCO, 2005)
      In 2001 the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) and the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) cooperatively formed a Study Group to examine the application of the eXtensible Markup Language (XML) to marine data exchange systems. The Study Group first met in April 2002 to address issues around the transfer of oceanographic data. The Group has met three times, with the final meeting in May 2004. This document represents the final report of the Group. The Study Group concentrated its efforts on metadata standards, parameter dictionaries and generic data structures for use in an XML-based language. The Group evaluated several international metadata structures and produced mappings between some structures. In terms of the parameter dictionaries, the Group conducted mappings between several international parameter dictionaries, made structural advances to some dictionaries and attempted to account for dictionary issues imposed by units. The generic data structure development produced about 20 data objects that were then used to create an XML data structure for the transport of ocean environmental data. The structure was applied to one and three-dimensional data sets. The Group has also made numerous recommendations to continue the development of international data exchange systems.
    • Follow-up to the IODE review

      Pissierssens, P. (UNESCO, 2007)
      This document provides a status report on the implementation of the recommendations made by the IODE review and as adopted by IODE-XVIII, and identifies issues that still remain to be addressed. Parts of this document are copied from Document IOC/IODE-XIX/7
    • The Global Directory of Marine and Freshwater Professionals: OceanExpert

      Pissierssens, P. (2002)
      OceanExpert started as the Global Directory of Marine (and Freshwater) Professionals (GLODIR) in 1997 after the IODE Group of Experts on Marine Information Management (GE-MIM) had noted that the International Directory of Marine Scientists project, developed and maintained in the 1970s and 1980s by several UN agencies had been stopped despite its high appreciation by the ocean research community. The first version of the new GLODIR was launched in 1997 as a web product enabling experts to enter and edit their information. Whereas the first version used the full ASFA subject descriptor set to enable experts to define their expertise, this was quickly dropped as experts showed little enthusiasm to spend the time required to pick descriptors from this extensive list. It was therefore decided to use a far more limited list of subject descriptors. In 1999 a number of IASMLIC members agreed to cooperate in GLODIR as national or regional ‘input coordinators’. This led to a rapid increase (doubling!) in the number of entries and GLODIR passed the cape of 10,000 records at the end of 1999. At that time we decided to add the citation field enabling experts to include short descriptions of their most important and/or recent scientific publications. This also proved to be a success as within a year over 15,000 citations were added. Once a year all experts registered in GLODIR received an email inviting them to update their record. On average 30-40% of the experts responded to this request. A big problem turned out to be the password required for editing records: in many cases the registered experts forgot this password and needed to obtain it from us. Another problem was that experts who had not provided an email address (or who had been registered by the national/regional coordinators without an email address): although we attempted to send out printed update requests to over 3000 experts this proved to be an impractical, expensive and time consuming exercise that could not be maintained. By the year 2002 the number of records reached 13,500, of which 3000 did not have an email address.
    • Global Oceanographic Data Archaeology and Rescue (GODAR)

      Levitus, S. (2003)
      The IOC Global Oceanographic Data Archaeology and Rescue (GODAR) Project was established by the IOC in 1993. The goal of the project is to expand the historical database of ocean profile-plankton data. The project does this by: 1) locating historical data that are at risk of being lost due to media decay and disasters (archaeology). For example, paper and/or electronic media can become unreadable with time and/or they can be lost due to fire, flooding and other disasters; 2) digitizing manuscript data and copying data in electronic form that are at risk of loss and transferring these data into internationally available databases (rescue). The IOC World Ocean Database (WOD) Project was established by the IOC in 2001. The purpose of the WOD Project is to stimulate international exchange of as much modern oceanographic data as possible, in as timely a manner as possible, for the purpose of constructing the most complete, integrated, global oceanographic databases possible. Activities include the development of regional atlases, regional databases, and regional quality control procedures.
    • Intergovernmental Coordination Group for the Tsunami Early Warning and Mitigation System in the North-eastern Atlantic, the Mediterranean and Connected Seas (ICG/NEAMTWS), Twelfth session, Dublin, Ireland, 16-18 November 2015.

      Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (UNESCO-IOCParis,France, 2016)
      The Twelfth Session of the Intergovernmental Coordination Group for the Tsunami Early Warning and Mitigation System in the North-Eastern Atlantic, the Mediterranean and Connected Seas (ICG/NEAMTWS) was hosted by Ireland in Dublin, from 16 to 18 November 2015.The ICG welcomedthe continuation of the interim operational phase of the Tsunami Early Warning and Mitigation System in the North-Eastern Atlantic, the Mediterranean and Connected Seas (NEAMTWS), through the Candidate Tsunami Service Providers (CTSPs) of France, Greece, Turkey, and Italy and the intention of Portugal to start operations as a CTSP in 2016.The ICG further welcomed the progress achieved by the CTSPs and the application by National Observatory of Athens (Greece) for accreditation and the intention expressed by France, Italy and Turkey to also apply for accreditation in the next intersessional period. The ICG adoptedthe document ‘Procedures for the Accreditation of TSP, as included in Annex 6.Notingfurthermore the positive results of the extended communication tests since the Tenth Session and of the second tsunami exercise for the region, NEAMWave14,and the significant increase of the participation of Civil Protection Authorities.The ICG while confirmingthe continuation of the Working Groups, as follows: Working Group 1 on Hazard Assessment and Modelling; Working Group 2 on Seismic and GeophysicalMeasurements; Working Group 3 on Sea Level Data Collection and Exchange, including Offshore Tsunami Detection and Instruments; and Working Group 4 on Public Awareness, Preparedness and Mitigation, decidedto establish a new Task Team on Architecture for ICG/NEAMTWS Governance and reorganisation review.The ICG confirmedthe continuation of regular Communication Test Exercises for the next intersessional period and quarterly Extended Communication Test Exercises based on a scenario event involving Member State Civil Protection Agencies.Decides to organise and conduct a further tsunami exercise in 2017 (NEAMWave17).The ICG confirmedthe continuation of the Steering Committee composed by the Officers and the Co-Chairs of the Working Groups and the Task Teams, and representatives of CTSPs.Recommends:I.To increase the participation of Member States in the ICG activities,II.That each CTSP provide threat level information based on their best practices, including (possibly different) decision matrices, scenario databases or other methods, these methodologies needing to be documented in the NEAMTWS Operational Users Guide),III.That all sea level data should be made available to the CTSPs and NTWCs using bilateral agreements, between NTWCs whenever possible,IV.That all tide gauge stations should transition to operational, real time status,V.To increase the number of seismic and sea level stations available in the North of Africa, and for sea level to reduce sampling and latency to 1 minute or less as far as possible,VI.That Member States should urge the active involvement of their national Civil Protection Authorities (CPAs) in the routine activities of the ICG, with the aim of making the ICG products more suitable for meeting the needs and expectations of those CPAs, VII. That NTWCs, in consultation with their CPAs, evaluate the need to provide enhanced products in the NTWC messages, such as maps, and to present and make proposals for discussion and adoption at the next ICG; The ICG acknowledged the importance of Tsunami Information Centre for the North Eastern Atlantic, the Mediterranean and Connected Seas (NEAMTIC, neamtic.ioc-unesco.org)and recommended Member States to contribute funding and secondments to its maintenance and development. The Twelfth Session of ICG/NEAMTWS was attended by 46 participants from 16 Member States, and one observer organization. The need for a stronger cooperation with the ICG/CARIBE-EWS was reiterated.