IOC Committee on International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange, Seventeenth Session, UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France, 3-7 March 2003
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The IOC Committee on International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange held its Seventeenth Session (IODE-XVII) at UNESCO Headquarters between 3 and 7 March 2003. The Session was attended by 72 delegates from Member States, 16 representatives of organizations, programmes and projects, and 5 observers. The Committee reviewed the work of the past intersessional period, noting inter alia the considerable progress made in cooperation with GOOS and JCOMM, the new IODE Group of Experts on Biological and Chemical Data Management and Exchange Practices (GE-BCDMEP), the new Global Ocean Surface Underway Data Pilot Programme (GOSUD), the development of a marine XML, the Marine Environmental Data Inventory (MEDI), the training system OceanTeacher, the dynamic content management system BeeBox, and the regional networks ODINAFRICA and ODINCARSA. The Committee recommended the merging of the GETADE and JCOMM ETDMP, established an inter-sessional working group to examine the future role of WDC.....