CELEBRATE WORLD OCEAN DAY June 8, 2007
THE COLLEGE OF EXPLORATION
Join In and Share Your Own Ocean Perspective!
What is World Ocean Day?
World Ocean Day was conceived in 1992 at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro as a yearly opportunity to highlight the importance of the world ocean and our individual connectiveness to the sea. As part of a global celebration on June 8, groups and organizations ranging from schools to informal science institutions to businesses develop events and activities that focus on connections to the sea.
What is the College of Exploration’s World Ocean Day Online Festival?
An online festival is an opportunity to share your creative contribution, whether it be in the arts, sciences, activities, events, music, actions, teaching, learning, anything that can be presented online and can be linked to a location in longitude and latitude.
The College of Exploration’s
World Ocean Day Online Festival
is a week-long (June
6 - 15, 2007) festival centered
on the June 8 World Ocean
There are two main elements to our Online Festival - events and contributions.
World Ocean Day Events
We have taken the many World Ocean Day events, as compiled by The Ocean Project on their website and added additional information to produce a Google Earth layer.
To see where these events
are located, download the
"World Ocean Day Events"
layer (see link below) and
open it up in Google Earth
geobrowser ( http://earth.google.com/ )
by using the File/Open menu
item. You will
need the most recent version
of Google Earth. You can
then open the placemarks
for the events to see a description,
links and comments from the
CoExplorer Community. For
further instructions click
on the link below.
We invite participants from previous online programs at the College of Exploration online campus to sign into the CoExplorer community (use your userid and password in the login box) and to contribute to these events in two ways:
1. If you personally participate in any of these events, we invite you to share your thoughts, photos or videos about the event by adding a text comment in the response box or attaching multimedia materials by using the "attach a file" button . Alternatively you can put a URL link to your video or photo stored on publicly-available websites such as YouTube, Google Video, and Flickr right in your response.
2. If you happen to see some online news coverage about the event, we invite you to add links to that coverage in a response (associated with the appropriate item).
In both cases, please remember to include "http://" in your link to allow users to go directly to the website from Caucus.
In a first-ever innovation,
we will be making webpages
of the items and responses
associated with each event
and then linking them to
their location on a Google
Earth layer (see link below).
World Ocean Day Online Festival Contributions
The other element of our online festival is the contributions from our CoExplorer community.
We are invite members of our CoExplorer Community to participate in World Ocean Day 2007 by contributing their personal expression of their relationship to the ocean. This could be a
o Photo— take a photo of your ocean activity or coastal view. What’s going on in your local area? What makes your area special and meaningful as part of “one big ocean”?
o Story— tell a story about how the ocean has affected you; why it’s important or what you or your group has done to learn about or care for the ocean, river or coast
o Poem— express yourself in verse or rhyme
o Video— video your favorite ocean-related event, stewardship or community service activity, hobby or work or research project
Please follow the instructions
in the WODOF_07_Contributions
conference to submit your
members can ask questions
and add comments to these
contributions in the usual
Unlike other College of Exploration workshops and events, your contributions and responses will be seen by the general public. Please make sure they are suitable for general audiences and protect privacy. You can see the public website
The Online Festival will
link and display these geo-coded
contributions and comments
on a periodically-updated
"World Ocean Day Contributions"
layer (see link below when
it is available). It is a
vivid way to show the world-wide
celebration of World Ocean
Day and the increasing value
of community collaboration
in creating expressions of
our relationship to the Ocean.
The College of Exploration is hosting this free as a contribution to the celebration of World Ocean Day using its well-established online format and the power and beauty of Google Earth.
Enjoy!!! And thanks to our CoExplorer Community!!
SEE THE WORLD OCEAN DAY EVENTS 2007 on GOOGLE MAPS
SEE WORLD OCEAN DAY CONTRIBUTIONS 2007 on GOOGLE MAPS
World Ocean Day Online Festival flyer
Instructions for using Google Earth and map layers
DOWNLOAD THE WORLD OCEAN DAY EVENTS LAYER FOR GOOGLE EARTH
World Ocean Day Events layer
DOWNLOAD THE WORLD OCEAN DAY CONTRIBUTIONS LAYER FOR GOOGLE EARTH
World Ocean Day Contributions layer