Project summary Upgrade BlackSeaScene 

The ongoing FP6 RI Black Sea SCENE project establishes a Black Sea Scientific Network of leading environmental and socio-economic research institutes, universities and NGO's from the countries around the Black Sea and develops a distributed virtual data and information infrastructure populated and maintained by these organisations aiming at improving the identification, access, exchange, quality indication and use of their data and information about the Black Sea.

The Black Sea SCENE research infrastructure stimulates scientific cooperation, exchange of knowledge and expertise, and strengthens the regional capacity and performance of marine environmental data & information management, underpins harmonization with European marine data quality control/assessment procedures and adoption of international meta-data standards and data-management practices, providing improved data & information delivery services for the Black Sea region at a European level.

Up-Grade of Black Sea SCENE aims at:

a) extending the existing research infrastructure with 19 marine environmental institutes/organizations from the 6 Black Sea countries.

b) implementing the results of the Joint Research Activities of the FP6 RI SeaDataNet project (common communication standards and adapted technologies to ensure the datacenters interoperability).

c) networking the existing and new Black Sea datacenters, active in data collection, and providing integrated databases of standardized quality on-line.

d) realizing and improving on-line access to in-situ and remote sensing data, meta-data and products.

e) adopting standardized methodologies for data quality checking to ensure the quality, compatibility and coherence of the data issuing from so many sources.

Up-Grade Black Sea SCENE is undertaken by 51 partners of which 43 are located in the Black Sea countries.