Photo: Krasimir Delchev

The implementation of the project started with a kick-off meeting in Istanbul in May 2009. A substantial emphasis has been put on training and harmonisation of standards and data quality control (DQC) methods. New partners in the project took part in a DQC workshop in Brussels, Belgium in September. Another extensive training took place on the premises of the International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange programme (IODE) in Ostend, Belgium in October. The training was aimed at those partners in the project, that are managing and holding data sets in order to get acquainted with the SeaDataNet services, formats and tools and to get hands-on experience with their use.

At the beginning of November 2009 the second progress meeting was organised in Bucharest to evaluate the workshops, monitor the progress of actions regarding metadata collection and system development and further detail the project plans. The third meeting of the Upgrade Black Sea SCENE project took place in May 2010 in Limassol, Cyprus.