From March 17th to 20th, at the Provincial Court in the city of Bruges, Belgium, it took place the XXIII Session of International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE) of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC). During the session there were scientific conferences related to the Data Centers, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the opening of the IOC Project Office in Oostende, Belgium.

The purpose of the IODE program, established in 1961, is to facilitate the exchange of oceanographic data and information between the Member States, encouraging marine research, exploration and development. The organization consists of a network of international services consisting of the National Oceanographic Data Centres (NODCs), Associate Data Unit (ADUs) and the Global Data Assembly Centres (GDACs).

Among the most important topics discussed during the meeting that are worth mentioning are the activities developed by the UODE during the 2013-2014 period; the evaluation of national reports (NODCs and ADUs), analyses of the future of the program (including the strategic plan), the election of the Co-chair, implementation of the work plan and available budget for the 2015-2016 period.

In this opportunity 48 Member States were part of the Session, including the participation of the Latin American countries Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Mexico and Peru. Mrs. Carolina Calvete attended the Session on behalf of the Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service of the Navy (SHOA).