Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) Region
The Ocean InfoHub Project is working in three pilot regions, of which the Latin America and the Caribbean Region is one. The Project is working with the IOC/UNESCO IOCARIBE Secretariat, together with partners, and has been actively working on identifying early stage partners who are ready to test the ODIS-architecture proof-of-concept. A number of events and meetings have taken place to raise awareness of the project in the LAC region, and to bring new partners into the co-design process.
The IOC Ocean Infohub has been formally requested by IOCARIBE
Recommendation SC-IOCARIBE-XV.1: IOC New Capacity Development Strategy: Implementation Plan “Urges IOCARIBE Member States to:…(iv) Actively participate in the further development and management of the IOC Clearing-House Mechanism for the Transfer of Marine Technology (CHM/TMT)”
Based on this, INVEMAR (Colombia) developed a pilot CHM for the Latin America and Caribbean region, in the context of the Caribbean Marine Atlas (CMA-II) project.
The pilot “Clearing-House Mechanism LAC” is a hybrid model, with a centralized portal that provides access to information sources identified by the users as most relevant (Databases on Training and Education resources, List of experts, Research vessels,..) and integrated from a number of existing web sources developed and maintained under IOC (OceanExpert, Ocean Teacher Global Academy, ODISCat and others)
The LAC regional node is now discoverable through the Ocean InfoHub.