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Great Lakes Observing Industry Workshop – Hold the Date

The Great Lakes Observing System, in coordination with the IOOC, will be holding a workshop to explore how monitoring the Great Lakes delivers economic, environmental and safety benefits to industries, government and citizens. The event will be held Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at the Edison Boat Club in Detroit, Michigan. Industries represented at this event include: energy & water utilities, agriculture, manufacturing, marine operations, and others.

For more information please visit the Great Lakes workshop page and view the flyer below.

Strategic Action Plan #9 Session

The next meeting of the full writing team is scheduled for February 18. The IOOC is actively participating with National Ocean Council staff on fulfilling the recommendations of the Ocean Policy Task Force. Specifically, the new national ocean policy requests Strategic Action Plans for “Ocean, Coastal, and Great Lakes Observations, Mapping, and Infrastructure.”

Members of the IOOC, Interagency Working Group on Facilities and Infrastructure, and Interagency Working Group on Ocean and Coastal Mapping have been holding joint meetings to develop the strategic action plan.

IOOC Data Partners Criteria Working Group

The Data Partners Criteria Working Group, a body chartered by the Interagency Ocean Observation Committee, will be holding a follow-up listening session for those participants who provided input on the certification process earlier on March 1, 2011. The working group is seeking additional input prior to providing their draft recommendations to the IOOC.

Please visit the certification standards webpage for more information.

RICE Working Group Meeting

The Regional Integrated Certification Entities (RICE) Working Group will be holding its first meeting at the Consortium for Ocean Leadership on March 2, 2011. The group will develop the governance criteria for RICEs to become certified within the Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS). These criteria and other requirements, will enable regions to receive liability coverage for their data, products, etc. associated with IOOS. The RICE Working Group is composed of small team of federal officials from different agencies that will submit their final recommendations to the Interagency Ocean Observation Committee.