Training activities at the IOC Project Office for IODE
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In order to respond to new challenges faced by the IODE Programme an “IOC Project Office for IODE” has been established in Oostende, Belgium, with substantial support from the Government of Flanders (Belgium) and the City of Ostend (http://www.iode.org/projectoffice). Details of the IOC Project Office creation are provided in the report to IODE-18 (Document IOC/IODE-XVIII/12). The IOC Project Office for IODE was inaugurated on the 25th of April 2005. A full report on the IOC Project Office for IODE is available (Document IOC/IODE-XIX/9). One of the objectives of the Project Office is to assist in strengthening the capacity of Member States to manage oceanographic data and information and to provide ocean data and information products and services required by the users. To achieve this specific objective the IOC Project Office provides the following: - further develops, strengthens and maintains IOC/IODE ocean data and information management training programmes and training tools; - provides an environment (‘think tank’) where ocean data and information experts and students can work, meet and discuss; - hosts specialized short-term training courses in ocean data and information management; and Through its close collaboration with, and proximity to the Flemish Marine Data and Information Centre (FMDC) of the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ), the Project Office is able to effectively interact with its focus audiences (researchers, data managers, students) who provide a feedback mechanism enabling continuous adjustment of services to the needs of the focus audiences.