121-8 Introducing the International Coastal Atlas Network
The International Coastal Atlas Network (ICAN: http://www.icoastalatlas.net) is an informal group of over 30 organizations from over a dozen nations who have been meeting over the past four years to scope and implement data interoperability approaches to CWAs. The mission/strategic aim of ICAN is to leverage the expertise of its members to find common solutions to CWA development. Working together, the members of ICAN share user and developer guides, handbooks and articles on best practices, information on standards and web services, expertise and technical support directories, education, outreach, and funding opportunities. ICAN also seeks to encourage and facilitate global operational interoperability between CWAs in order to enhance data and information sharing among users, and assist in the translation of coastal science to coastal decision-making.
The presentation will discuss how ICAN has enabled individual CWAs (i.e., Washington Coastal Atlas, Oregon Coastal Atlas, Wisconsin Coastal Atlas, and others) to begin collaboration with other CWAs in their regions, particularly in terms of priority geographic data, sharing of knowledge and of technology. It will also share results from the most recent ICAN workshop in Oostende, Belgium held in August 2011.