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Kenya National Oceanographic Data Centre
The formation of the Kenya National Oceanographic Data Center (KeNODC) was formally adopted by the National Oceanographic Committee on the 20th August 1996 in Nairobi at the Kenya National Commission for UNESCO.
KeNODC is part of the network of International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE) data centers. The aim of the Data Center in to promote research and management of Kenya's coastal resources by providing various types of support to policy makers, resource managers, researchers, educational institutions, NGO's and private companies on matters of oceanographic data and information source.
The committee comprising of the government agencies elected Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI) as the host institution.
The Marine Information Management (MIM) Programme within Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI) is focusing on collection and disseminating information for use nationally and regionally.
The activities in this program include:
- Conversion of the library catalogue to a digital database.
- Collaboration with national and international projects dealing with information management.
- Provisions of GIS services to various research and conservation programs.
- Management of computer services and internet resources
- updating the marine species database (AFREMAS)
The users of Marine Information include research scientists, policy makers, and students at all levels, educators, industry and businesses. Marine Information Management Center interact with Marine Data managers to deliver information products
We repackage the data in the form of electronic citation databases, internet bibliographies, national repositories of stored and accessible scientific research, online catalogs of specialized collections, or digitized collections of difficult to find scientific studies.
We establish national and international standards to disseminate this information, and we form groups of networked individuals and professional societies to collaborate on new products, on training courses and technology for the delivery of marine information.
KMFRI In particular is an African regional node for the provision of technical training for the Information Professionals from around the world. The centre conducts courses and workshops for information professional trainees and users of information, including courses on the application of marine information to meet specific types of user needs.
On an International scale, ODINAFRICA network of Marine Information Management (MIM) Centers, collaborating to produce products and services, strengthen our global understanding of ocean processes and conditions. Marine Information Management is a vital process in this knowledge cycle.