Interdisciplinary Courses - 2016

This one-day high-level, hands-on training activity on several aspects of Ocean Science Communication is organized within the framework of the Ocean Teacher Global Academy (OTGA) of UNESCO/IOC IODE.

In the context of ocean governance and marine resource management bolstering understanding of ocean science and its possible applications for society at large is the most effective way to trigger concrete actions in favour of a healthier, sustainable ocean. The need for effective ocean science communication is greater than ever given the present day competition for funding resources and involvement from the general public. This will be a hands-on course that looks at techniques and technologies, with a specific focus on digital storytelling and the use of social media, which people working in ocean science can use to develop and implement communication and outreach programs.

This training course seeks to bring together marine researchers, data/document managers and marine data librarians to develop an agreed approach to sound data management for all research activities conducted as part of the second International Indian Ocean Expedition (IIOE-2). The second International Indian Ocean Expedition (IIOE-2) is a major new program of the IOC in partnership with the Indian Ocean Global Ocean Observing System (IOGOOS) Regional Alliance and the Scientific Committee for Oceanographic Research (SCOR). Over the next 5 years, a large number of IIOE-2 related research activities will collect new data on a range of physical, biogeochemical, biological and coupled climatic characteristics of the Indian Ocean.  Basic scientific research requires sound data management practices and one of the overarching objectives of IIOE-2 will be to support the collection and curation of all data to encourage data sharing using internationally agreed rules of data exchange, and to facilitate data discovery and use in the long term.


This course will cover the planning, creating, storing, organizing, accessing, sharing, describing, publishing and curating of data in the context of IIOE-2 and its data and information management objectives. The course content has broad applicability in the field of research data management in general.