OTGA courses for 2017

Available courses

OTGA/KMFRI Research Data Management

Category: 2017

The course will provide comprehensive training in research data management in order to lay the foundations for a common approach for research data management amongst researchers, repositories and facilities (including libraries) that manage marine data, thereby helping to ensure that the data is accessible, standardized and maintained over time.
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Harrison Ong'anda

Administración de Datos Biogeográficos Marinos (Contribuyendo al Uso de OBIS)

Category: 2017
El curso proporciona una introducción al Sistema de Información Biogeográfica de los Océanos (Ocean Biogeographic Information System - OBIS). Esto incluye las mejores prácticas en la gestión de los datos biogeográficos marinos, publicación de los datos para su libre acceso (IPT), acceso a los datos, organización, análisis y su visualización. Metas y Objetivos Ampliar la red de colaboradores OBIS. Mejorar la calidad de los datos biogeográficos marinos. Aumentar el conocimiento de las normas internacionales y las mejores prácticas relacionadas con los datos biogeográficos marinos. Aumentar la cantidad de datos de libre acceso publicados através de OBIS y sus nodos del OBIS. Incrementar el uso de datos de OBIS para la ciencia, la conservación de las especies y las aplicacione…

Administración de Datos Biogeográficos Marinos (Contribuyendo al Uso de OBIS) (Galapagos)

Category: 2017
El curso proporciona una introducción al Sistema de Información Biogeográfica de los Océanos (Ocean Biogeographic Information System - OBIS). Esto incluye las mejores prácticas en la gestión de los datos biogeográficos marinos, publicación de los datos para su libre acceso (IPT), acceso a los datos, organización, análisis y su visualización. Metas y Objetivos Ampliar la red de colaboradores OBIS. Mejorar la calidad de los datos biogeográficos marinos. Aumentar el conocimiento de las normas internacionales y las mejores prácticas relacionadas con los datos biogeográficos marinos. Aumentar la cantidad de datos de libre acceso publicados através de OBIS y sus nodos del OBIS. Incrementar el uso de datos de OBIS para la ciencia, la conservación de las especies y las aplicacione…

Administración de Datos Biogeográficos Marinos (Contribuyendo al Uso de OBIS) (Merida)

Category: 2017
El curso proporciona una introducción al Sistema de Información Biogeográfica de los Océanos (Ocean Biogeographic Information System - OBIS). Esto incluye las mejores prácticas en la gestión de los datos biogeográficos marinos, publicación de los datos para su libre acceso (IPT), acceso a los datos, organización, análisis y su visualización. Metas y Objetivos Ampliar la red de colaboradores OBIS. Mejorar la calidad de los datos biogeográficos marinos. Aumentar el conocimiento de las normas internacionales y las mejores prácticas relacionadas con los datos biogeográficos marinos. Aumentar la cantidad de datos de libre acceso publicados através de OBIS y sus nodos del OBIS. Incrementar el uso de datos de OBIS para la ciencia, la conservación de las especies y las aplicacione…
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Ana Carolina Peralta
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Julian Pizarro

Digital Repositories: the Pathway from Open Access to Digital Asset Management

Category: 2017

This course will travel the pathway from digital repositories in the OA movement, stopping to discuss important repository parameters. Expansion as multimedia repositories and descriptions of their uses in digital asset management will bring participants to the crossroad discussion on using repositories as research information recording systems and how this transformation in digital repository uses has changed the role of libraries.


Duration: 5 days

Discovery and Use of Operational Ocean Data Products and Services

Category: 2017
Overview This course will demonstrate the data resources available from operational program. The focus will be on operational activities, how to download data and use software to visualize. It will be a mix of practical and theoretical. Aims and Objectives - To provide an introduction to Operational Oceanography. - Discovery and Use of Operational Ocean Data Products and Services. - Hands on for Visualizing the model and in situ derived data products. Learning outcomes - Knowledge and understanding of Operational Oceanography. - Tasks involved in Operational Analysis and Forecast methods. - Oceanographic Data sources, Quality Control/Quality Assurance, monitoring systems and methods. - Tools for visualizing the operational ocean data products. Target audiences include, but not limited to …

Fundamentos da Gestão de Dados Oceanográficos

Category: 2017
Descrição geral O curso providencia uma introdução abrangente a gestão de dados oceanográficos. Os participantes irão aprender e praticar métodos de manuseamento de dados oceanográficos usando banco e formato de dados comuns, cobrindo uma variedade de ambientes oceânicos, desde o mar-alto, plataforma costeira até aos estuários. Serão usados os programas “Ocean Data View” e Matlab para aceder, processar, analisar e interpretar os dados. Espera-se que os participantes possam desenvolver projetos individuais a partir de dados oceanográficos de uma região oceânica do seu interesse. Para o efeito os participantes são encorajados a trazerem os seus dados para a formação. Os projetos individuais serão apresentados pelos participantes numa sessão a ter lugar no último di…
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Antonio Hoguane

Gestion des données sur la biodiversité marine (OBIS)

Category: 2017
ContexteLe cours offre une introduction sur le système d'information biogéographique sur les océans (OBIS). Cela inclut les meilleures pratiques en matière de gestion des données biogéographiques marines, l’organisation, l'analyse et la visualisation de données sur la biodiversité marine. Contenu Développer le réseau de collaborateurs d’OBIS ; Améliorer la qualité des données biogéographiques marines ; Accroître la sensibilisation sur les normes internationales et les meilleures pratiques de gestion de données biogéographiques marines ; Augmenter la quantité de données librement disponibles, publiées par les nœuds OBIS et OBIS ; Augmenter l'utilisation des données d’OBIS pour la science et leur application dans la conservation des espèces et la gestion des res…
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Ward Appeltans

Global Nutrient Cycle

Category: 2017
Training of trainers and technology validation on the Global Nutrient Management Toolbox Training objective: To enable trainees to effectively use the Global Nutrient Management Toolbox to evaluate nutrient loading/flux and impacts (hypoxia) based on global change scenarios (climate, land management, sewage and wastewater management) from broad continental to regional (LMEs) scales; and hands-on development and scenario analysis using nutrient flow models for a selection of megacities represented by the participants at the training workshop.  Expected learning achievements: Understanding the science behind the nutrient flux modelling modules of the Toolbox; Understanding of toolbox modelling requirements and scenario runs at continental scale to that of large marine ecosystems (LMEs); De…

Integrated Data Analysis for Upwelling Studies

Category: 2017

Upwelling is an oceanographic feature that is very important to the ocean ecosystem. It brings high nutrient water to the surface and the impact is noteworthy to the ocean productivity. This nutrient-rich water will encourage a phytoplankton bloom that is ultimate base for large animal population in the food chains, including fish, mammals and sea birds. Although this coastal upwelling regions covers relatively small areas of the ocean surface, they contribute roughly 50 percent of the world’s fisheries landings. 
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Aidy M Muslim

Marine GIS Applications (using QGIS)

Category: 2017

This course provides an in depth overview of the application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to the marine environment using ArcGIS. Aims and Objectives:




Provide an introduction to GIS for marine applications


Focus on some publicly available marine datasets


Show the potential applications of GIS for the marine environment




Learning Outcomes:




Knowledge and understanding of GIS, spatial data, raster and vector models


Core tasks involved in the GIS analysis process including data acquisition, management, manipulation and analysis, and presentation and output


Creating and editing spatial data


Appreciation of coastal and marine GIS data applications


  • Course Editor / Instructor: Rabitah Daud
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Aidy M Muslim
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Mohd Nasir Mohamad

Marine GIS Applications for Coastal Zone Management

Category: 2017
This course provides an overview and hands on GIS applications pertaining to coastal zone using ArcGIS software. This comprises the data acquisition, processing, analysis and interpretation of spatial data. The applications of this course are aimed at producing inputs useful for the coastal zone management. Aims and Objectives•To provide an introduction to GIS for marine applications•Utilization of open source spatial data•To provide hands on GIS applications pertaining to the coastal zone Learning Outcomes•Knowledge and understanding of GIS, spatial data, raster and vector models•Core tasks involved in the GIS analysis process including data acquisition, manipulation and analysis, and presentation and output•Core functionality of ArcMap, Arc Catalogue and Arc Toolbox•Creati…

OBIS Asian nodes and Coral Reef

Category: 2017

The course provides an introduction to the Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS). This includes best practices in marine biogeographic data management, data publication, data access, data analysis and data visualisation.


Aims and Objectives




Reinforce and expand the OBIS network in the South-East Asian Region


Increase awareness on international standards and best practices related to marine biogeographic data management


Increase the amount and quality of open access biodiversity data published through OBIS and its OBIS nodes


Increase the use of data from OBIS for research, species conservation and area-based management applications for sustainable development


OBIS Nodes Training Course

Category: 2017

Training the OBIS nodes and the trainers (at the OBIS nodes and OceanTeacher regional training centres) was considered a top priority at the last SG-OBIS meeting. The training will include: 



The application of ratified Darwin Core terms 

OBIS-ENV-DATA standard (combining sampling events, occurrences, abiotic+ biotic measurements and sampling facts). 

QC tools (including the OBIS tools R package: https://github.com/iobis/obistools

Data publication (IPT), including metadata management 

Data access and visualization (including the OBIS R package: https://github.com/iobis/robis

There will be time for discussions and tackling specific use cases including output.


  • Course Editor / Instructor: Ward Appeltans
  • Course Editor / Instructor: Pieter Provoost

Ocean Literacy and Story Telling Maps/Conocimiento del Océano y Cartografía Narrativa

Category: 2017
Overview Many regions of the world are currently promoting ocean literacy and are looking to different approaches to its implementation which includes an active role for citizens to have a much stronger input into identifying research and innovation priorities. Coastal Web Atlases (CWA) and web GIS have decades of experience promoting coastal and ocean literacy amongst specialized experts, policy makers and general public showing how coastal and marine data and information is shared, visualized and communicated. Aims and Objectives In line with the “Ocean Literacy for All” initiative coordinated by IOC-UNESCO, this workshop will focus on the following three goals related to ocean literacy to 1) Encourage cooperation and exchange on ocean education to improve ocean literacy framework…

Ocean-colour data in climate studies

Category: 2017
18 – 22 September 2017 Plymouth Marine Laboratory, UK The course will deliver training in ocean-colour data and their applications in climate studies. Remote sensing experts from the Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML) will guide students through a combination of lectures and computer-based exercises covering the following topics: Introduction to ocean colour; Modelling primary production; Ocean colour applications for ecosystem state assessment; Climate impacts and feedbacks; Ocean colour in data assimilation; Dataset archive, management, visualisation and analysis. Students will also have opportunity of informal discussion with instructors outside of the formal lectures. A visit of the NERC Earth Observation Data Acquisition and Analysis Service (NEODAAS) that is hosted at PML will be pr…

Quality Management System Essentials for NODCs and ADUs

Category: 2017
Overview The IODE maintains a global network of National Oceanographic Data Centres (NODC) and Associate Data Units (ADU) responsible for the collection, quality control, archive and online publication of many millions of ocean observations. The concept of quality management has become increasingly significant for these centres to meet national and international competency standards for delivery of data products and services. The IODE Quality Management Framework encourages NODCs and ADUs to implement a quality management system which will lead to the accreditation. Objectives This training workshop provides an introduction for NODCs and ADUs involved in the development, implementation and management of a Quality Management System which will assist in the adoption of comprehensive managem…

Research Data Management

Category: 2017
Basic scientific research requires sound data management practices to support the collection and curation of data to encourage data sharing using internationally agreed rules of data exchange, and to facilitate data discovery and use in the long term. Research Data Management (RDM) covers the planning, creating, storing, organizing, accessing, sharing, describing, publishing and curating of data. RDM is mandated by many funding agencies and increasingly by governments to provide access to funded research results. The management of data, particularly large-scale data, has many challenges, and the roles of researchers, facilities that manage marine data, repositories and libraries are coming together to provide access, preservation and archive of this data and the scholarly products associa…

Système d’Information Geographique (SIG): Application dans le Domaine Marin et Côtier (ArcGIS)

Category: 2017

This course is specifically developed for the OTGA RTC Senegal and is an updated version of a previous version of the course.


This course provides an in depth overview of the application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping and analyses to the marine environment using ArcGIS 9.x. The course will focus on commonly used coastal and marine datasets to show the potential applications of GIS within the marine sector.





The course is in French.