significant capacity has been built in the field of web-based coastal
mapping and informatics in the last decade, little has been done to take
stock of the implications of these efforts or to identify best practice
in terms of taking lessons learned into consideration. These two transatlantic
workshops will bring together key experts from Europe, the United States
and Canada to examine state-of-the-art developments in web-based coastal
mapping and informatics, along with future needs in mapping and informatics
for the coastal practitioner community.
workshops are intended to advance research in the field by providing recommendations
for best practice of coastal web mapping and to develop a cadre of scientists
who will play a leadership role in forging international collaborations
of value to the participating nations.
Theme: Potentials and Limitations of Coastal Web Atlases
this first workshop, expert delegates will examine the current situation
by studying a broad variety of existing coastal web atlases from Europe
and the US. The various common issues will be identified and discussed
(e.g. institutional support, atlas design and usability, data accessibility,
data and metadata compatibility, web-based tools for decision-support,
etc.). At this workshop, the Marine
Irish Digital Atlas will also be officially launched.
participation is funded by the National
Science Foundation. Hosting of the event is sponsored partly by
the Coastal and Marine
Resources Centre as well as the Marine
Institute's Marine RTDI Networking and Technology Transfer Initiative
under Ireland's National
Coastal and Marine Resources
College Cork, IRELAND
University College Cork campus
Liz O'Dea (l.odea-at-ucc.ie , +353-21-4703106)
Themes: Building a common approach to managing and disseminating
coastal data, maps and information.
the second workshop, expert delegates will examine their variety of
experiences in coastal mapping to build a common approach to managing
and disseminating coastal data, maps and information, including an agreement
on initial common ontologies and thesauri to facilitate database searches
in Europe and North America. The final recommendations will be made
available online to the research community.
After attending this workshop, participants may want to remain in lovely Oregon in order to attend
Coastal Zone '07, just up the road a bit in Portland.
Corvallis, Oregon, USA
Dawn Wright (email