The IT Working Group met to discuss broad issues related to the Portal architecture and how components like the proposed member directory, blog, and calendar would integrate into the current structure. We determined that in terms of desired plugins (directory, calendar), ease of use, and ease of setup/maintenance, we would initially test WordPress. The preliminary site should be ready by mid march. You can read the meeting notes here: http://www.westcoastoceans.org/media/Data_Network_ACT/Meeting_Notes/WCODP_IT_WG_Call_Feb.pdf
A free webinar “Introduction to Geospatial Metadata” presents the concept, principles, and value of metadata utilizing the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) metadata (http://www.ncddc.noaa.gov/metadata-standards/metadata-training). It provides the content and structure of the IS0 191** series metadata in detail, along with methods for writing quality metadata. This online training series consists of eight weekly sessions. Each session will last approximately one hour. Dates: Thursdays, January 16 – March 6, 2014. Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (CST), register via https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/209432281.