Supporting the continued electronic publication of the International Hydrographic Review (IHR)
Whereas the IHR represents the continuous "corporate record" of international hydrographic methods and technological evolution, and Whereas there is no alternative peer-reviewed journal covering international hydrographic technical and scientific advances We, the undersigned, urge the International Hydrographic Organization to support continued electronic publication of the IHR. We offer the following suggestions to improve its viability: 1 - encourage the chairs of all IHO committees and sub-committees to regularly report, through submissions to the IHR, advances resulting from the activities of those committees. Consideration should be given to including this responsibility within the Terms of Reference for each committee. 2 - support the editor to regularly attend hydrographic conferences in various locations (Europe, USA, Canada, Australia, etc.), since these conferences generally do not produce official proceedings, and are rich sources for potential IHR submissions. 3 - negotiate with Commission 4 of the FIG, concerning the IHR becoming the publication of record for the most prominent papers presented at Commission 4 sessions at various FIG congresses 4 - subscribe to Google Analytics, a free, easy-to-use web-hit tracking service, in order to be able to analyze the traffic and downloads from the IHR pages on the IHO website (or perhaps implement Google Analytics throughout the entire site). 5 - populate, over time, the IHR webpages with back-issues, starting with the ten years of "new series" under Adam Kerr's editorship, which are now no longer otherwise available.