IOC Committee on International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange, twenty-first session Palais des Congrès, Liège, Belgium, 23-26 March 2011
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The IOC Committee on International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange held its Twenty-first Session (IODE-XXI) at the Palais des Congrès, Liège, Belgium between 23 and 26 March 2011. The Session was attended by 74 participants from 36 IOC Member States and 7 organizations. The Session’s outcomes included: (i) the further steps towards the adoption of OBIS by IODE, including the recommended establishment of an IOC Project Office for IODE/OBIS; (ii) the continuation of the IOC Project Office for IODE in Oostende, Belgium; (iii) a statement on the IODE role in the ICSU World Data System; (iv) the planned further expansion of OceanTeacher to include a wider range of IOC disciplines as well as the recommended development of a 5-year training plan; (v) the planned revision of the IOC Strategic Plan for Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (2012-2015). The Committee elected Ms Sissy Iona (Greece) and Mr Ariel Troisi (Argentina) as IODE Co-Chairs.