Archive for Regional group activities

Introducing the new Cyamus executive board

I am pleased to introduce the new executive board for Cyamus.

Brian Voss, Cyamus Regional Representative, NOAA Seattle Library, Seattle, Washington, USA

Debra Losey, Cyamus Treasurer, NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center, La Jolla, California, USA

Maureen Nolan, Cyamus Secretary, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA

They will serve a two-year term.

Sally Taylor, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

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The First Meeting of the Mediterranean Marine and Aquatic Science Libraries and Information Centres Network a success in Cadiz, Spain.

The First Meeting of the Network was held under the auspices of the European Association of Aquatic Sciences Libraries and Information Centres (EURASLIC) and was hosted and supported by the Marine Science Institute of Andalusia (CSIC) in Cadiz, Spain from 17 to 18 November 2008. Rich and informative presentations from Libraries in Croatia, France, Greece, Italy, Lebanon, Spain and Tunisia were given, as well as special presentations on the work of MED POL, IAMSLIC, EURASLIC, Aquatic Commons and open access sources in the marine sciences that are applicable to the region. There was a lot of enthusiasm to develop the Network as a tool for exchanging information on new projects, training and technology in the region. Much of this will be achieved through an online Portal that is currently being developed in English, French, Spanish and Arabic, and to work together with the European and International Associations of Marine Science Libraries. For further information don’t hesitate to contact Ms Margaret Watts at: or

A copy of the Report of the Meeting, including an executive summaries and summaries of presentations, in english, french and spanish can be downloaded from

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ODINAFRICA Third Symposium and Exhibition 17 July 2008 Mombasa, Kenya



Third Symposium and Exhibition of the Ocean Data and Information Network for Africa

Thursday, 17 July 2008, Mombasa, Kenya.

“Addressing Challenges of Data Collection and Use for Management of Ocean Resources and Coastal Areas in Africa”

The Ocean Data and Information Network for Africa (ODINAFRICA) in collaboration with the Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI) are hosting the Third ODINAFRICA Symposium in Mombasa, Kenya on 17 July 2008.

The symposium will be preceded by the 7

th ODINAFRICA Planning and Review workshop (14 – 16 July 2008)

The symposium will bring together experts from Africa to share knowledge and experiences on the challenges of collection and use of data and information for management of ocean resources and coastal areas of Africa.

The overall theme of the workshop are especially on:

(i) Sources of Marine Information for Africa: [Portals, atlases, repositories, catalogues and directories, databases etc).

(ii) Monitoring of ocean resources and coastal areas in Africa. [observing systems, monitoring programmes, etc ].

(iii) Use of Data and Information for Marine Resource Management and Research [for reports and assessments, climate change, marine ecosystem health, marine related hazards, sea state observation and forecasting services, integrated coastal management etc]

Additional Information available from:

Mika Odido IOC of UNESCO, UNESCO Nairobi Office,

Posted by Arame Ndiaye keita,  ODINAFRICA regional Coordinator for Information Management, Direction des Peches Maritimes , Dakar, Senegal

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SAIL Panama Canal Zone Project 2008: an Aquatic Commons Collaboration

As a result of last month’s meeting at the Smithsonian Research Center in Panama City, several SAIL members are developing the SAIL Panama Canal Zone Project 2008. This project involves the digitization of publications that are related to the Biological Survey of Panama carried out by the Smithsonian between 1910-1912. The list of publications that have been identified is available at Panama Canal Zone Documents. This list includes links to documents at several sites including Aquatic Commons, Google Books, and the Biodiversity Library. Individual documents are being digitized by Liz DeHart, Jen Walton, and Stephanie Haas. Currently, fourteen documents are included in this project and they may be found by doing an Advanced Search using “Panama” in the keyword field. A project title search should soon be available.

If you have additional non-copyrighted items related to the Panama Canal construction and/or Panamanian biological diversity during this time period or later, please contribute them to the Aquatic Commons repository. For each item, please add the project name “ SAIL Panama Canal Zone Project 2008” to the metadata, and let Liz DeHart or Jen Walton know so they can add your documents to the bibliography.

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