The ultimate goal of the OceanTeacher system is to build durable human capacity in the national oceanographic data and information centres around the world. Organizing training courses is therefore not enough. We must ensure that trainees are properly followed up when they have returned home and are also given tasks by their employer that are relevant to the provided training.
It is for this reason that we have established, in 2006, an IODE Alumni Database . This system keeps track of all IODE training course participants so we can assess the long-term impact of the training we provide, both for the individual and his/her employer. The database contains information on all IODE alumni since 1997 and is constantly kept up-to-date.