Bringing the Ocean to Society
22 Feb 2017
How do you involve users in the development of a coastal web Atlas?
A recently published handbook from the International Coastal Atlas Network (ICAN) project provides practical advice on involving users in Coastal Web Atlas development and evolution.

EurOcean´s Executive-Director, Ned Dwyer is one of the editors of the recent publication "ICAN - Best Practice Guide to Engage your Coastal Web Atlas User Community"

This best practice user interaction guide was conceived by the project as successful interactions with potential Coastal Web Atlas (CWA) users during the development of any CWA are as vital for the success of the resource as the continued interaction with existing audiences to ensure longevity and continued use.

The handbook is conceived as a practical “cookbook” and was compiled by gathering information from ten atlas developers in different parts of the world as well as extracting relevant information from the previous seven ICAN (International Coastal Atlas Network) workshop reports. The information has been summarised and analysed leading to two sets of recommendations, one focused on the development of new atlases and the other focused on how to maintain interactions with audiences of already developed atlases.

The handbook should allow both new and established CWA developers and hosts to benefit from best practice examples as well as learn from challenges encountered, in order to increase capacity to successfully interact with user communities and target audiences, while managing coastal and marine data and information in a user friendly way. The final product is a resource that hopes to complement and link to a variety of OceanTeacher activities, support IODE training in courses, thereby being of value to all who manage and present marine data and information.

Ned is a past co-chair and current member of the Steering Group of the IODE´s International Coastal Atlas Network (ICAN) project. The International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE) is a programme of the IOC (Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission), a EurOcean cooperating member.