IODE-XV Report on Intersessional Activities of the Chairman of the IOC Committee on IODE
The past intersessional period has been marked by a very significant change in the fields of networking, and electronic publication of data and information. The Internet and the World Wide Web (WWW) have attracted major attention and have become the way to do business for a broad community of data and information users who did not previously have the means to do such exchanges, either locally or globally. Since IODE-XIV in October 1992, a large number of IODE data and information centres have begun to use the Internet and have established various types of servers to display and deliver data, information, and services. The rate of advancement of technology is something that has to be noted and taken into account by IODE. If one thinks back to October 1992, then it becomes obvious that the electronic networking and publication technologies have undergone almost a complete revision during the past intersessional period. Fortunately, the meetings of the IODE Groups of Experts and Project Steering Committees, and the meetings of IODE Officers have provided forums for co-ordination of some of the activities undertaken by these groups and the IODE centres. If the IODE Committee continues to meet only every 3 years or so, the work of the subsidiary bodies will have to continue to address the urgent new requirements brought on by changes of technology.