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ODINCARSA, Ocean data and information network in Caribbean and South America, Progress report 2002-2003
Martinez Güngla, R. (2004). ODINCARSA, Ocean data and information network in Caribbean and South America, Progress report 2002-2003. International Research Center on El Niño (CIIFEN): Ecuador. 45 pp.

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  • Martinez Güngla, R.

    ODINCARSA was set up primarily as a mechanism for assessing the current and potential state ofdevelopment of national data centers and to create the means for mutual capacity-building inSouth America and the Caribbean. It further sought to develop a cooperation network for managingand exchanging oceanographic data and information within these regions. ODINCARSA is anetwork which is integrated by 18 IOC Member States: Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize,Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Cuba, Dominica, Ecuador, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru,Saint Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela.Since the beginning of the project in October 2001, there have been achieved: a planning workshopwhere main needs of the region were identified and the work plan established; the first trainingworkshop on Data Management ( Guayaquil, Ecuador, May 2002), the first training workshop onMarine Information Management (Mazatlan, Mexico, October 2002); the Second Training course forregional trainers on data management (Cartagena, Colombia, October 2003), and a Planningworkshop for Caribbean islands to be held in Barbados (December 2003).ODINCARSA has provided through the different workshops, the necessary skills to strength atnational and regional level the interaction between the National Oceanographic Data Centers,Marine Information centers and Libraries. There have also identified along the regions the relevantinstitutions and contact persons who can help to consolidate ODINCARSA as a cooperativenetwork.ODINCARSA has fostered working groups in the region to strength network and share the existentcapabilities between the Member States. One of these groups is the Latin American IAMSLIC Groupwhich is working with ODINCARSA in Marine Information Management issues with more than 27libraries in the region. Other working groups have been working in regional products and servicesas the Regional Directory of Experts, the regional Ocean Portal and the Regional LibrariesCatalogue, and the recently formed working group on Ocean Teacher translation to Spanish.ODINCARSA has completed successfully the pilot phase of the project. It has provided training,technology transfer in the region and it has compiled key information about the current status ofocean data and information management capabilities, as the same as the identification of relevantinstitutions and contact persons, existent in South America and Caribbean regions. All theseelements configure a propitious scenario to begin the implementation project, and convertODINCARSA as a cross cutting linkage in the region of another important IOC programs as GOOS,JCOMM and ICAM, linking the operational oceanography, climate predictions and the coastal andenvironmental parameters with scientific and common users through a good data and informationmanagement.It is highly recommended to start the Implementation Phase of ODINCARSA, on the basis of anintegral proposal , focused in the transference of capabilities inside the region toward thedevelopment of marine data and information management especially in Caribbean region, CentralAmerica and complementing the existent infrastructure and capabilities in South America.

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