ODINBLACKSEA was established during the XIXth Session of the IODE Committee (Trieste, Italy, March 2007) through the Recommendation IODE-XIX.10.

 

          The Objectives of the Project:

 

OBJECTIVE 1: Provide assistance in the development, operation and strengthening of National Oceanographic Data (and Information) Centres and Associate Data Units (ADU) of Black Sea Countries and to establish oceanographic data and information network amongst them by applying IOC/IODE Ocean Data Portal (ODP)

 

OBJECTIVE 2: Provide training and education in oceanographic data and information management as well as data collection, taking into account the requirements of operational oceanography; applying standard formats and methodologies as defined by the IOC/IODE ;

 

OBJECTIVE 3: Enhance national and regional awareness for oceanographic data and information management;

 

OBJECTIVE 4: Assist in integration and maintenance of national and regional oceanographic data, metadata and information databases;

 

OBJECTIVE 5: Assist in development and dissemination of oceanographic data and information products and services, meeting the needs of user communities at the national and regional levels, and responding to national and regional priorities; 

 

OBJECTIVE 6: Undertake the ODINBLACKSEA activities in close collaboration and networking with The Commission on the Protection of the Black Sea Against Pollution (Black Sea Commission) and other relevant organizations, programs and projects operating in the Black Sea;

Joint ODINECET – ODIN Black Sea meeting

and

Fourth Session of the ODIN Black Sea Steering Committee

 Brief Minutes of the Meeting

 

Venue: Sevastopol institute of Banking, 6, Parkovaya str.

Sevastopol, Ukraine.

Dates: 12-14 September 2011

 

 

Introduction and background information

 

Joint session

Meeting was started on 12 September, 2011 with joint ODINECET (Ocean Data and Infromation Network for European Countries in Economic Transition) and ODINBS (Ocean Data and Information Network for the Black Sea) session.

O.Akimova, coordinator of the ODINECET, opened the meeting and welcomed the participants. She informed that this meeting was organised jointly by ODINECET and ODINBS in order to establish closer collaboration between projects, as was recommended by XXI IODE Session, Liège, Belgium, 23-26 March 2011.

The deputy director of the meeting host organisation - Sevastopol Banking Institute of the Ukrainian Banking Academy of the National Bank of Ukraine welcomed participants of the joint workshop.

O. Akimova briefly informed the participants on the aims and objectives of the ODINECET project and progress made during 2005 - 2011.

Dr. V.Vladymyrov, a coordinator of the ODINBS welcomed the participants of the joint workshop. Dr. V.Vladymyrov briefly informed the participants about the aims and objectives of the ODIN Black Sea project, activities implemented and progress made during 2007 - 2011. V.Vladymyrov highlighted further the possible collaboration fields between ODINECET and ODINBS projects, such as searching, digitizing and archiving of historical oceanographic datasets in libraries archives, development of open repositories and implementation of integrated library systems.

 

Оn 12 September 2011, after the lunch, participants of the joint ODINECET – ODINBS meeting visited the scientific library of the Institute of Biology of the Southern Seas, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. Library staff informed participants about the history of the library and recent activities and made presentation of rare books collection.

 

ODIN Black Sea session

On 13 September at 9:00 AM V.Vladymyrov continued the meeting. He informed the participants that representatives of all Black Sea countries attended the meeting (Annex II). He noted that the purpose of the meeting was to review the activities implemented by the ODINBS network in 2010 - 2011 and establish closer collaboration with ODINECET project. The meeting approved the agenda for the meeting, with amendments as provided in Annex II.

 

ODINBS objectives

Dr. V.Vladymyrov reminded participants the ODINBS objectives that were approved at the IODE-XIX meeting in Trieste (Italy, 12-16 March 2007) and left unchanged during Third Session of the ODINBS Steering Committee (21 – 22 October 2010, UNESCO/IOC Project Office for IODE, Oostende, Belgium). It was decided to slightly change the formulation of the objective 6 (Annex III).

 

Presentations of the Black Sea NODCs (recent situation, plans, problems)

Each NODC made a presentation describing its recent situation, plans and problems. All PPT presentations provided by the regional NODCs are available for downloading from the ODINBS web site.

 

Bulgaria (Dr. Atanas Palazov)

Dr. Atanas Palazov gave presentation on current situation in NODC, paying special attention to the development of BulARGO project.

He informed the participants that PhD student joined the NODC team in 2011 and that the main activities of this PhD student will be development of the biological databases.

Dr. Atanas Palazov also informed that one additional ARGO buoy (courtesy of IFREMER) was launched and showed that there are no problems with work of ARGO buoys in shallow waters of the Black Sea. Dr. Atanas Palazov described further the recent cruises activities and underlined that majority of data received in June and September.

 

Georgia (Mr. Tornike RAZMADZE)

Mr. Tornike Razmadze described recent achievements of the Georgian NODC. He informed that NODC web-site is fully functional and updated constantly in English language and that version in Georgian language is not completed yet. Also Mr. Tornike Razmadze informed that sea level data was submitted to ODP. Mr. Tornike Razmadze underlined that the plans of Georgian NODC for nearest future are: to finish translation and to support web-site in Georgian language as well as English version, to submit more data to ODP and to ensure representation of Georgia in ODINECET project.

 

Romania (Dr. Viorel MALCIU)

Dr. Viorel Malciu decribed the main problems of the Romanian National Oceanographic and Environmental Data Center, which stayed the same as they were described during the last meeting. Dr. Viorel Malciu informed the participants that current activities focus on conversion of the data to ODV format, especially before 1996 and NODC web-site development. Dr. Viorel Malciu mentioned that in October NODC should start receiving new data on sea currents and waves. Plans for the future include participation in submission of the new SEAWATCH system for oceanographic forecast project as well as intoduction of the RIVERWATCH system.

 

Russia (Svetlana BATALKINA )

Ms. Svetlana Batalkina informed the participants that the problem with translation of the data into proper format was resolved in close cooperation with dataholders. She paid special attention to the new version of ODP and its new architecture and features, such as node-to-node access, access through Global node as well as through all the other nodes, one-time registration, etc. Ms. Svetlana Batalkina stated that currently four new datasets are ready to be submitted to ODP and there are a lot of different other datasets in line, but before submission a decision has to be made on what kind of data is required to be available through ODP.

 

Turkey (Mr. Murat ELGE)

Mr. Murat ELGE informed the participants on the NODC and web site of Turkey. Office of Navigation, Hydrography and Oceanography (ONHO) is designated hydrographic, oceanographic and marine geophysic data and infomation center of Turkey by law. Turkish NODC has only three responsible people for handling the data and information. Budget is part of ONHO’s yearly budget. NODC is managing physical, chemical and some biological oceanographic data, bathymetry and marine geophysic and geology data and related information. Additionaly, national cruise summary reports are also archieved by NODC. IODE activities are always promoted through a national email grup which includes mostly marine researchers and governmental authoroties. Besides this, ONHO is the general secretary of national marine science coordination council and during the annual meetings IODE activities is being announced to the attendees.

NODC has been recently joined the SDN2 project as indirect partner in collaboration with TÜBİTAK Marmara Research Center and will be a node of SDN infrastructure in the future. New version of ODP is being planned to be used depending upon its security specifications. None PPT presentation was provided.

 

Ukraine (MHI, Ms. Elena Zhuk)

Ms. Elena Zhuk informed the participants that three new datasets with drifter data were added to ODP and few more are getting ready to be submitted.

 

Ukraine (IBSS, Dr. Vladimir Vladymyrov)

Dr. Vladimir Vladymyrov remined participants that in 2008 Ukraine decided to shift to the distributed model of the NODC. From October 2008 in Ukraine in addition to the NODC based at the MHI there is one more NODC based at the Laboratory of the Marine Information Systems (LaMIS) of the Institute of Biology of Southern Seas (IBSS NASU). He informed the participants about recent activities of biological NODC on the basis of the IBSS, which is dealing mostly with the marine biological and biophysical data. He informed further on the main developments in 2010 – 2011 and breifly described the web-sites supported by NODC. Dr. Vladimir Vladymyrov payed special attention to the collaboration of NODC and ODINECET project in the field of open repositories and library systems.

 

Ocean Data Portal – experience to work and existing problems

The results of this discussion are reflected in the bullets 10 and 11 of the action plan.

 

Coordination of the ODINBS work plan with the work of the Permanent Secretariat of the Black Sea Commission

Dr. Vladimir Vladymyrov informed the participant that Permanent Secretariat of the Black Sea Commission now is in a stage of the reorganization and suggested to postpone this item until new Commission work plan will be approved and available.

 

Reviewing of the ODIN BS guiding rules  

Dr. V. Vladymyrov reminded to participants the initial guiding rules of the ODIN BS were approved in 2007 and were changed then several times. In particular, an idea to create a position of the Project Chair and a small project office were rejected in 2009. A question on necessity to arrange the rotation of the Project Coordinator was raised but it was decided then to postpone this discussion till the next meeting.

 

ODINBS action plan 2011-2013

The participants analyzed then the ODINBS action items for 2010-2013 proposed during the 3-d ODINBS Steering Committee meeting held in October 2010 (http://www.odinblacksea.org/documents.aspx).

 

Collaboration with other international Projects in the region

Possible cooperation with the ODINECET and SeaDataNet - II projects was discussed. According to the request from the ODIN ECET project to support a creation of the “Digitization of rare books on marine sciences in the ODIN ECET rejoin” project it was decided to support a creation and execution of this project.

 

Capacity building

ODINBS partners suggested do not arrange the dedicated regional training courses but participate actively in the OceanTeacher trainings. Mr. Murat ELGE underlined difficulties in applying to IODE courses and need in GIS, data management and other training courses for ODINBS participants. All participants agreed that not enough courses organized recently for Black Sea ODIN. It was decided that Dr. Vladimir Vladymyrov will contact training coordinator of the IOC/IODE Project office in order to ask for arrangements to be made on special reservations for ODIN Black Sea representatives for training courses.

 

Closure of the meeting and next meeting

The ODINBS Steering Committee decided to hold its next session at the IOC Project Office for IODE at autumn 2012.

At 14.00 September 14, V. Vladymyrov closed the meeting. He thanked the Sevastopol Banking Institute of the Ukrainian Banking Academy of the National Bank of Ukraine for hosting the joint ODINECET – ODIN Black Sea workshop and ODINBS Steering Committee meeting.

 

 

ANNEX I

List of meeting participants

 

Bulgaria

Dr Atanas PALAZOV

Head of BGODC

Institute of Oceanology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

P.O.Box 152, Varna 9000

Bulgaria

Tel: +359 52 370 486 Ext. 118

Fax: +359 52 370 483

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Georgia

Mr Tornike RAZMADZE

Web-Developer and data manager

Tbilisi State University

Georgia

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Romania

Dr. Viorel MALCIU

Head of Department of Oceanography, Marine and Coastal Engineering

National Institute for Marine Research and Development

B-dul Mamaia Nr. 300

RO-900581 Constanta 3

Constanta, Romania

Tel: 0241 547644

Fax: 0241 831274

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Russia

Svetlana BATALKINA

Leading programmer

Russian National Oceanographic Data Centre

RNODC RIHMI-WDC

6, Korolev St.,Obninsk, Kaluga Region, 249035

Russian Federation

Phone: +7 (48439) 7 41 43

+7 910 918 54 04

Fax: + 7 (499) 795 22 25

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Turkey

Murat ELGE

Head of National Oceanographic Data Center
Office of Navigation, Hydrography and Oceanography
Seyir Hidrografi ve Oşinografi
Dairesi Başkanlığı
Çubuklu
34805 Istanbul
Turkey
Tel: +90 216 322 25 80 Ext : 3331
Fax: +90 216 331 05 25
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Ukraine 

Dr Alexey KHALIULIN,

Senior scientist

Marine Hydrophysical Institute

2, Kapitanskaya St.

Sevastopol

99011

Ukraine

Tel: +380 692 54 52 76

Fax: +380 692 55 42 53

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Dr Vladimir VLADYMYROV

Leading scientist

Institute of Biology of the Southern Seas

National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

Ukraine

Tel: +380503251035

Fax: +380692557813

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ANNEX II

 Agenda

Monday, 12 September 2011

 

Introduction and background information. Joint ODINECET – ODIN Black Sea meeting

 

09:30 – 09:45 Welcome and local information

 

09:45 – 10:45 ODIECET presentation

 

10:45 – 11:30 ODIN Black Sea presentation

Collaboration between ODIECET and ODIN Black Sea

 

11:30 – 12:00 Tea/coffee break

 

12:00 – 14:00 Preliminary discussion

 

14:00 – 15:00 Lunch

 

15:00 – 18:00 Visit to the library of the IBSS, Ice-breaker

 

 

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

 

Presentations of the Black Sea NODCs (recent situation, problems, achievements) – 15-20 minutes each

 

09:00 – 11:30 Bulgaria

Georgia

Romania

Russia

Turkey

Ukraine (MHI)

Ukraine (IBSS)

 

11:30 – 12:00 Tea/coffee break

 

12:00 – 14:00 ODIN Black Sea and ODP – experience to work with ODP, existing problems and future collaboration

Discussion

 

14:00 – 15:00 Lunch

 

15:00 – 18:00 Visit to the Preserve of Tauric Chersonesos and its Library

 

 

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

 

09:00 – 10:30 Coordination of the ODIN Black Sea work plan with the work of the Permanent Secretariat of the Black Sea Commission

 

10:30 – 11.30 ODIN Black Sea capacity building. Participating in the IODE training activity. Collaboration with other DM projects acting in the region and with ODINECET

 

11:30 – 12:00 Tea/coffee break

 

12:00 – 13.00 Reviewing of the ODIN Black Sea objectives and guiding rules

Reviewing of the ODIN Black Sea action plan for 2011 – 2013

Final discussion

 

13:00 – 14:00 Approval of the meeting decisions and action plan

Plan for the next meeting. Closure of the meeting

 

14:00 – 15:00 Lunch

 

15:00 – 20:00 Visit to Balaklava (district of the city of Sevastopol)

  

 

ANNEX III

ODIN Black Sea objectives 

Objective 1: Provide assistance in the development, operation and strengthening of National Oceanographic Data (and Information) Centers to advance the level of less experienced data centres and to establish their networking in the region;

Objective 2: Provide training and education in marine data and information management, taking into account the requirements of operational oceanography; applying standard formats and methodologies as defined by the IODE;

Objective 3: Enhance national and regional awareness for Marine Data and Information Management;

Objective 4: Assist in the development and maintenance of national and regional marine data, metadata and information databases;

Objective 5: Assist in the development and dissemination of marine data, information products and services, meeting the needs of user communities at the national and regional levels, and responding to national and regional priorities;

Objective 6: Undertake the activities needed for applying modern technologies for data collection, processing, storing and dissemination;

Objective 7: Undertake the ODINBLACKSEA activities in close collaboration and networking with other relevant organizations, programmes and projects operating in the region.

 

 

ANNEX IV

Revised at the 4-th SG meeting on September 2011

 Action items for Oceanographic Data and Information Network for the Black Sea

(2011 – 2013) 

  1. Oceanographic Data and Information Network for BlackSea (ODIN-BS) Project will continue its work according to the objectives defined in 2007 at its start.

  1. A new review analyzing the structure and state of the Black Sea Region National Oceanographic Data Centers and their web sites will be prepared by the project coordinator each 5 years starting from 2013.

  1. In order to assist the coordination of the project activities, as well as to create awareness and to promote the project, the ODIN-BS project website will be permanently updated by the NODC team at Institute of Biology of Southern Seas (IBSS) under supervision of the project coordinator.

  1. Bulgaria will try to arrange the additional support for the Black Sea ARGO Project through the Black Sea Committee.

  1. Each ODIN-BS National Oceanographic Data Center is encouraged to continue update its web sites as follows:

           a. Prepare and update the English version of the native language web sites (if not exist)

           b. Include information on ODIN-BS with the corresponding links to any other relevant web sites.

  1. Each participant will promote ODIN BS and its activities nationwide with special attention to the IODE 50-th anniversary (through, for example, web sites, booklets, flyers, mass media, etc.) – until the end of 2011.

  1. ODIN-BS will continue the technological support of the ODIN-ECET including help in further development of the CEEMaR.

  1. It is again recommended that representatives of Romanian, Georgian and Turkish (if possible) NODCs will try to identify the focal points in their countries to participate in the ODIN-ECET IODE Project.

  1. It is agreed to continue establishing the Black Sea Ocean Data Portal subset (BSODP) and the following actions are planned to be taken:

             a. Till the end of the 2011 each BS ODP participant will make available at least one data set to be sure that ODP data provider software is fully operational.

            b. It is advised that data and metadata from 2000 till nowadays are primarily loaded into the BS ODP. Data and metadata earlier than 2000 can also be provided to the BS ODP if they are not included in any regional Black Sea databases accessible via Internet. Data and metadata provided to BS ODP can be of any type. 

            c. Each data set loaded to the BS ODP should have full metadata with information on QC procedures applied to the data (if available);

  1. Special attention will be paid by the participants on sharing metadata for the most recent research done within 1991 – 2011. A metadata catalogue of the Black Sea data obtained during this period will be completed by January 2012. This catalogue will be compatible with the SeaDataNet/BlackSeaScene standards to achieve regional information interoperability. UkrNODC-Biology will prepare the simple format for this catalogue till the end of 2011.

  2. Each country (NODC) will search for the possibilities to identify and to load to the ODP the new data sets (new types of data). In particular:

    1. Bulgarian NODC will recheck with the data owner how to publish historical weather and oceanographic data from the Galata Platform.

    2. Romanian NODC will learn the possibility to publish through the ODP the Romanian year books.

    3. Georgian NODC will arrange the publication of the 2000 – 2009 sea level data at the Georgian cost.

    4. Ukrainian NODC (MHI) will provide the drifters data.

    5. Ukrainian NODC (IBSS) will provide some biological data at species level.

    6. Russian NODC will provide the most relevant Black Sea hydrometeorological and forecast data from its holdings. The participants are asked to check with their end users and to inform the Russian NODC which Black Sea data they would like to be available through the ODP.

    7. Turkish NODC (information to be provided by the national DM coordinator)

  3. The project coordinator will contact the IODE Project Office and will try to agree with them a reservation of some places in the training courses for the ODIN BS specialists.

  1. Next ODIN-BS Steering Committee meeting will be organized at the IOC Project Office for IODE at autumn 2012.

 

Third Session of the ODIN Black Sea Steering Committee
Brief Minutes of the Meeting

Venue: UNESCO/IOC Project Office for IODE, Oostende, Belgium.
Dates: 21 – 22 October 2010

 

 

       Introduction and background information

      Dr. V.Vladymyrov, a coordinator of the ODIN Black Sea (Ocean Data and Information Network for the Black Sea), opened the meeting and welcomed the participants. He informed the participants that representatives of all Black Sea countries attended the meeting except Turkey, the representative of which could not attend the meeting due to the other unexpected obligations. He noted that the purpose of the meeting was to review the activities implemented by the ODIN Black Sea network in 2010. The meeting approved the agenda for the meeting, with amendments as provided in Annex 1. Dr. V.Vladymyrov informed also the meeting participants that Mr. V.Myroshnychenko, representative of the BlackSea Commission took part in the meeting.

 

      ODIN Black Sea objectives and action items for 2009-2010

Dr. V.Vladymyrov reminded to the participants the ODINBS objectives that were approved an the IODE-XIX meeting in Trieste. It was decided to keep the objectives as they were formulated initially (Annex III).

The participants analyzed then the ODINBS action items for 2009-2010 proposed during the 2-d ODINBS Steering Committee meeting held in September 2009 (http://www.odinblacksea.org/documents.aspx). The results of the analysis showed that mostly the action items were fulfilled, however some of them were done only partly and some of them were not done due to the different reasons. Taking this into account a new set of the action items for 2010 – 2013 was discussed and approved (Annex IV).

 

      Presentations of the Black Sea NODCs (recent situation, plans, problems)

Each NODC made a presentation describing its recent situation, plans and problems. All PPT presentations provided by the regional NODCs are available for downloading from the ODINBS web site (http://www.odinblacksea.org/documents.aspx).

 


Bulgaria (Dr. Atanas Palazov)

Dr. Atanas Palazov payed special attention to the development of BulARGO project and on the barbarian actions of the unknown persons destroyed some sensors and underwater cabling system that made impossible to to get the information from the oceanographic sensors of the Bulgarian Galata platform.

 

Georgia (Mr. Tornike RAZMADZE)

Mr Tornike RAZMADZE described the achievements and problems of the Georgian Designated National Agency for International Data and Information exchange (GeoDNA). He informed the participants that GeoDNA extends the scope of data that are currently submitted to ODP (Ocean Data Portal) using Data Provider. Enstead of the observational data an extension implies on adding of calculated data provided by the models. The recent model enables to obtain 4 day forecast of Circulation, Temperature, and Salinity.

 

Romania (Dr. Viorel MALCIU)

Dr. Viorel MALCIU informed the participants on the main problems of the Romanian National Oceanographic and Environmental Data Center: lack of redundant (backup) Internet line (in order to increase data availability; limited professional storage capacity; limited data backup capacity (existing storage capacity is assigned mainly to the working areas; delays in moving the systems to the new infrastructure.

 

Russia (Svetlana BATALKINA)

Ms. Svetlana BATALKINA paid a special attention that at present time the Russian NODC already provides the following data sets for the Black Sea ODP:

  • Real time hydro meteorological observation data from coastal stations for the Black Sea;

  • Wind Wave forecast for The Black Sea;

  • Climatic data for the Black Sea;

  • Ship data from VOS programme for the Black Sea;

  • Secchi disk data of Russian expeditions.

Russian NODC is ready to add much more recourses to this portal, but they have difficulties with the translating the resources in English.

 

Turkey

The representative of Turkey could not attend the meeting due to the other unexpected obligations and presentation of the Turkish NODC was not provided.

 

Ukraine (MHI, Dr Alexey KHALIULIN)

Dr Alexey KHALIULIN provided information on the recent data sets and variables being collected by the Ukrainian NODC (MHI).

 

Ukraine (IBSS, Dr. Vladimir Vladymyrov)

Dr. Vladimir Vladymyrov remind the participants that in 2008 Ukraine decided to shift to the distributed model of the NODC. From October 2008 in Ukraine in addition to the NODC based at the MHI there is one more NODC based at the Laboratory of the Marine Information Systems (LaMIS) of the Institute of Biology of Southern Seas (IBSS NASU).

NODC on a basis of the MHI is dealing with the physical, chemical, and satellite data. NODC on a basis of the IBSS is dealing with the marine biological data. Both institutions are members of the Oceanological Centre of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine.

 

Dr. Vladimir Vladymyrov informed the participants on the main achievements and main tasks of the UkrNODC (Biology) for 2009 – 2013. The main tasks are as follows:

  • Organization of the close connections and information & data exchange with all Ukrainian marine biological organizations

  • Completing of the full historical inventories on data got by all Ukrainian marine biological organizations

  • Historical data digitization & QC and providing them to international projects and databases

  • Development of the QC procedures for the marine biological data

  • Application / development of the standard data / metadata formats for the marine biological data.

 

According to the agenda the following topics were discussed then on October 21 after the lunch and on October 22:

 

Ocean Data Portal – experience to work and existing problems.

The results of this discussion are reflected in the bullets 10 and 11 of the action plan.

 

Collaboration with other international Projects in the region

Possible cooperation with the ODIN ECET, SeaDataNet - II, Upgrade BS SCENE projects were discussed

 

Coordination of the ODINBlS work plan with the work of the Permanent Secretariat of the Black Sea Commission

The results of this discussion based on the presentation done by Mr. V.Myroshnychenko are reflected in the Action plan.

 

Capacity building

It was decided do not arrange the dedicated regional training courses but participate actively in the OceanTeacher trainings

 

ODIN Black Sea action plan for 2010 – 2013

V. Vladymyrov presented the action plan and budget for 2010 – 2013 that was discussed during the meeting. After the intensive discussion the Comiittee endorsed the plan as outlined in the Annex 4. It was decided to request IODE for USD 9,000 for each year from 2011 till 2013 for organization of the ODIN BlackSea Steering Committee meetings.

 

Closure of the meeting and next meeting

The ODINBS Steering Committee decided to hold its next session at the IOC Project Office for IODE at early autumn 2011.

At 16.00 October 22 V. Vladymyrov closed the meeting. He thanked the IODE Project Office for hosting the ODINBS Steering Committee meeting, and for the support they provided to the ODIN Black Sea.

 

 

ANNEX I:

 

Third ODINBlackSea Steering Group Meeting

21-22 October 2010, IOC Project Office for IODE, Oostende, Belgium

PROVISIONAL AGENDA

 

Thusday, 21 October 2010.

 

 

Introduction and background information

09:00 Welcome and local information

Approval of the workshop agenda.

ODIN Black Sea objectives and action items for 2009-2010

 

10:30 – 11:00 Tea/coffee break

 

Presentations of the Black Sea NODCs (recent situation, problems, achivements)

11:00 Bulgaria

Georgia

Romania

Russia

Turkey

Ukraine (MHI)

Ukraine (IBSS)

Discussion

 

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch

 

Ocean Data Portal – experience to work with ODP, existing problems and future collaboration

Results of the Meeting of the IODE Steering Group for the IODE OceanDataPortal, 20 - 22 September 2010, Oostende, Belgium.

 

Administrative and other problems related to data provision to ODP

Types of data and variables to be loaded in the ODP

Future use of the ODP within the ODINBlackSea

 

15:00 – 15:30 Tea/coffee break

 

Collaboration with other main international DIM projects in the region

15:30-17.00 ODINECET

 

Upgrade BlackSeaSCENE

SeaDataNet II

 

 

Friday, 22October 2010.

 

09:00 Coordination of the ODIN Black Sea work plan with the work of the Permanent Secretariat of the Black Sea Commission (V.Myroshnychenko)

 

10:30 – 11:00 Tea/coffee break

 

Capacity building. Participating in the IODE training activity

 

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch

 

Draft ODIN Black Sea action plan for 2010 – 2013

Final discussion

 

15:00 – 15:30 Tea/coffee break

 

                                          Approval of the meeting decisions and action plan.

 

16:30 Closure of the meeting

 

 

ANNEX II:

 

Third ODINBlackSea Steering Group Meeting

21-22 October 2010, IOC Project Office for IODE, Oostende, Belgium
LIST OF THE MEETING PARTICIPANTS

 

Bulgaria

1. Dr Atanas PALAZOV

Head of BGODC

Institute of Oceanology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

P.O.Box 152, Varna 9000

Bulgaria

Tel: +359 52 370 486 Ext. 118

Fax: +359 52 370 483

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Georgia

2. Mr Tornike RAZMADZE

Web-Developer and data manager

Georgia

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Romania

3. Dr. Viorel MALCIU

Head of Department of Oceanography, Marine and Coastal Engineering

National Institute for Marine Research and Development

B-dul Mamaia Nr. 300

RO-900581 Constanta 3

Constanta, Romania

Tel: 0241 547644

Fax: 0241 831274

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Russia

4. Svetlana BATALKINA

Leading programmer

Russian National Oceanographic Data Centre

RNODC RIHMI-WDC

6, Korolev St.,Obninsk, Kaluga Region, 249035

Russian Federation

Phone: +7 (48439) 7 41 43

+7 910 918 54 04

Fax: + 7 (499) 795 22 25

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Turkey

5. Was not represented

 

Ukraine

6. Dr Alexey KHALIULIN

Marine Hydrophysical Institute

2, Kapitanskaya St.

Sevastopol

99011

Ukraine

Tel: +380 692 54 52 76

Fax: +380 692 55 42 53

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7. Dr Vladimir VLADYMYROV

Leading scientist

Institute of Biology of the Southern Seas

National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

Ukraine

Tel: +380503251035

Fax: +380692557813

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Permanent Secretariat of the Commission on the Protection of the Black Sea against Pollution

 

8. Mr Volodymyr MYROSHNYCHENKO

Project Expert

Permanent Secretariat of the Commission on the Protection of the

Black Sea against Pollution

Dolmabahñe Sarayi

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Besiktas

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ANNEX III:

 

ODINBLACKSEA OBJECTIVES.

 

Objective 1: Provide assistance in the development, operation and strengthening of National Oceanographic Data (and Information) Centres to advance the level of less experienced data centres and to establish their networking in the region;

Objective 2: Provide training and education in marine data and information management, taking into account the requirements of operational oceanography; applying standard formats and methodologies as defined by the IODE;

Objective 3: Enhance national and regional awareness for Marine Data and Information Management;

Objective 4: Assist in the development and maintenance of national and regional marine data, metadata and information databases;

Objective 5: Assist in the development and dissemination of marine data, information products and services, meeting the needs of user communities at the national and regional levels, and responding to national and regional priorities;

Objective 6: Undertake the activities needed for applying modern technologies for data collection, processing, storing and dissemination to achieve end-to-end data management (E2EDM).

Objective 7: Undertake the ODINBLACKSEA activities in close collaboration and networking with other relevant organizations, programmes and projects operating in the region.

 

 

 

ANNEX IV:

 

Action items for Oceanographic Data and Information Network for the Black Sea

(2010 – 2013)

 

1. Oceanographic Data and Information Network for BlackSea (ODIN-BS) Project will continue its work according to the objectives defined in 2007 at its start.

 

2. A new review analyzing the structure and state of the Black Sea Region National Oceanographic Data Centers and their web sites will be prepared by the project coordinator each 5 years starting from 2013.

 

3. In order to assist the coordination of the project activities, as well as to create awareness and to promote the project, the ODIN-BS project website will be permanently updated by the NODC team at Institute of Biology of Southern Seas (IBSS) under supervision of the project coordinator.

 

4. Bulgaria will try to arrange the additional support for the Black Sea ARGO Project through the Black Sea Committee.

 

5. Each ODIN-BS National Oceanographic Data Center is encouraged to continue update its web sites as follows:

a. Prepare the English version of the native language web sites (if not exist) 

b. Prepare brief information about IODE in native language and publish it as a separate web page with IODE logo and link it to IODE formal web site “www.iode.org”

c. Include information on ODIN-BS with the corresponding links to the ocean data portal web sites and other relevant web sites.

 

6. Each participant will promote ODIN BS and its activities nationwide with special attention to the IODE 50-th anniversary (through, for example, web sites, booklets, flyers, mass media, etc.).

 

7. ODIN-BS coordinator will try to communicate with the main International projects with the oceanographic data management component which are running or are preparing for run in the Black Sea region and will inform ODIN-BS SC for the possible co-operation with these projects.

 

8. ODIN-BS will continue the technological support of the ODIN-ECET including help in further development of the CEEMaR.

 

9. It is again recommended that representatives of Romanian, Turkish and Georgian NODCs will try to identify the focal points in their countries to participate in the ODIN-ECET IODE Project.

 

10. It is agreed to continue establishing Black Sea Ocean Data Portal (BSODP) (www.blackseaoceandataportal.org ?) and the following actions are planned to be taken :

             a. Request Ocean Data Portal (ODP) Steering Group (SG) to provide full description of the technical conditions on data access and usage for the BSODP

b. Till the end of the 2010 each BS ODP participant will make available at least one data set to be sure that ODP data provider software is fully operational.

d. It is advised that data and metadata from 2000 till nowadays are primarily loaded into the BS ODP. Data and metadata earlier than 2000 can also be provided to the BS ODP if they are not included in any regional                          Black Sea databases accessible via Internet. Data and metadata provided to BS ODP can be of any type.

e. Each data set loaded to the BS ODP should have full metadata with information on QC procedures applied to the data (if available);

 

11. Since Black Sea Commission Permanent Secretariat (BSC PS) is considered as one of the end users of ODIN- BS activities, it is decided to improve and strengthen the relationships with BSC PS in terms of coordination and co-operation. Within this context, ODIN BS and BSC PS are encouraged to:

c. Share data and metadata from research cruises,

d. Inform each other on and coordinate the ongoing activities.

e. Coordinate training activities

f. Learn the possibility to provide data and metadata to the BSC in the SeaDataNet CDI format

 

12. Special attention will be paid by the participants on sharing metadata (and data when possible) for the most recent research done within 2000 – 2010. A metadata catalogue of the Black Sea data obtained during this period will be completed by July 2011. This catalogue will be compatible with the SeaDataNet/BlackSeaScene standards to achieve regional information interoperability.

 

13. ODIN BS will try to supply BSC PS with available and not restricted oceanographic data for period of the State of Environment) reporting (current period: 2005-2010). The regionally approved QA/QC procedures, which are being developed by BSC PS in cooperation with the BlackSeaScene project, have to be applied to data where possible.

 

14. Each country (NODC) will search for the possibilities to identify and to load to the ODP the new data sets (new types of data). In particular:

  1. Bulgarian NODC will check with the data owner how to publish historical weather and oceanographic data from the Galata Platform.

  2. Romanian NODC will learn the possibility to publish through the ODP the Romanian year books.

  3. Georgian NODC will arrange the publication of the forecast of sea conditions near the Georgian cost.

  4. Ukrainian NODC (MHI) will provide the drifters data.

  5. Ukrainian NODC (IBSS) will provide some biological data at species level.

  6. Russian NODC will provide the most relevant Black Sea hydrometeorological and forecast data from its holdings.

  7. Turkish NODC (information to be provided by the national DM coordinator)

15. Next ODIN-BS Steering Committee meeting will be organized at the IOC Project Office for IODE at autumn 2011.

Draft, 24 March 2009

 

First Meeting of the ODINBLACKSEA Steering Group Minutes of the meeting

 

 

Venue: RIHMI-WDC, Obninsk, Russian Federation

Dates: 19-20 March 2009

 

          The meeting began with the welcome of Dr. N. Mikhailov, Head of the Russian NODC and IOC Vice-Chairperson, who welcomed the participants and underlined the importance of the renewed activity of the ODINBLACKSEA project. He expressed his regret that the representatives of Georgia and Turkey could not attend the meeting. He informed the participants that this Steering group meeting will occupy one day and will be followed by the Training on the End to End data Management (E2EDM) prototype system for the ODINBLACKSEA countries for 1.5 days.

          Meeting approved the agenda (Annex 1) and appointed L. Buga, NIMRD, as a rapporteur. Drs. N. Mikhailov and V. Vladymyrov acted as the meeting co-chairs. A list of the meeting participants and a group photo are given as Annex 2.  

          V. Vladymyrov reminded to the participants that the Ocean Data and Information Network for the Black Sea (ODINBLACKSEA) Pilot Project was established formally during the Nineteenth Session of the IODE Committee (Trieste, Italy, March 2007) through the Recommendation IODE-XIX.10. All riparian Black Sea countries are the participants of the project. Dr. Atanas Palazov (IO-BAS, Bulgaria) was elected to be the ODINBLACKSEA project coordinator.

 

          Project was created with the following objectives:

Objective 1: Provide assistance in the development, operation and strengthening of National Oceanographic Data (and Information) Centres to advance the level of less experienced data centres and to establish their networking in the region;

Objective 2: Provide training and education in marine data and information management, taking into account the requirements of operational oceanography; applying standard formats and methodologies as defined by the IODE;

Objective 3: Enhance national and regional awareness for Marine Data and Information Management;

Objective 4: Assist in the development and maintenance of national and regional marine data, metadata and information databases;

Objective 5: Assist in the development and dissemination of marine data, information products and services, meeting the needs of user communities at the national and regional levels, and responding to national and regional priorities; 

Objective 6: Undertake the activities needed for applying modern technologies for data collection, processing, storing and dissemination to achieve end-to-end data management (E2EDM).

Objective 7: Undertake the ODINBLACKSEA activities in close collaboration and networking with other relevant organizations, programmes and projects operating in the region.

 

          The main activities of the ODIN-Black Sea project in 2007 were directed to the regional NODCs capacity building that included participation of the 28 ODIN-Black Sea trainees in 3 training courses organized by the IOC Project Office for IODE (one of them was organized jointly with the ASCABOS EC Project).

          At the IODE officers meeting on November 2007 ODINBLACK SEA draft work plan and budget for 2008-2009 were defined as follows:

 

          1. A review presenting the results of analysis of the structure and state of the Black Sea Region National Oceanographic Data Centres will be prepared. This review will be basically based on the draft document “Performance Benchmarks for National Oceanographic Data Centers (NODCs) and Designated National Agencies (DNAs) in the International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange Programme (IODE). The experience of the analysis of the structure and state of the Bulgarian National Oceanographic Data Centre (BGODC), realized as a deliverable from the SIBEMA project will be taken into account. Some mandatory, highly desirable, and facultative criteria for the evaluation of NODCs will be used. By applying this general checklist on the NODCs, this report will introduce a well-grounded assessment of the data management situation in the Black Sea region.

Timing: 2008.

Funding source: internal sources.

 

          2. National experts will work in close collaboration with IODE experts to improve NODCs’ structure in the Black Sea region aiming to meet IOC-IODE requirements and best practices.

Timing: 2008-2009.

Funding source: internal sources.

 

          3. In order to assist the coordination of project activities, as well as to create awareness and to promote the project, the ODINBLACKSEA project website will be developed. It will be hosted and maintained by the Project Office.

Timing: first version by March 2008, permanently updated in 2008-2009.

Funding source: internal sources (IO BAS / BGODC).

 

          4. With the support and collaboration with BlackSeaGOOS and IODE a basic course on Operational Oceanography will be organized and performed in all Black Sea countries, with participation of the specialists from regional NODCs (ASCABOS training program).

Timing: 2008.

Funding source: internal sources (ASCABOS Project)

 

          5. Planned actions for application of E2EDM technology to integrate the non-homogeneous local data systems into unified distributed marine data system that will provide the transparent exchange between these local systems and an end-user access to numerous data flows/sets/bases in a “single stop shopping” manner. The E2EDM technology should provide the real-time access to, and fusion of distributed marine data:

          5.1 Definition the agreed common list of data/product types as information basis of the ODINBLACKSEA operations;

    5.2 Providing the collection (or preparing) of these data/products from national organizations/laboratories and forming the national data sources for ODINBLACKSEA.

    5.3 Improving the Ocean Data Portal services to meet the requirements from the Black sea users.

    5.4 The installations of E2EDM Data Provider software at the IODE NODC/DNA’s.

    5.5 The installation of the Integration Server at IO BAS and providing the testing the ODINBLACKSEA operations (connection with data providers, portal functions, interactions with portal mirror and etc.).

    5.6 Providing of the ODINBLACKSEA E2EDM system routine operations.

Timing: 2008.

Funding source: internal sources.

 

          6. Organization of the ODINBLACKSEA Project Steering Committee meeting. (supported by the IODE).

Timing: Spring 2008.

Funding source: IODE (RP $5,000).

 

          7. Organization of the DM training course (intermediate level) jointly with the IODE Project Office.

Timing: 2008.

Funding source: IODE Project Office ($35,000).

 

          8. Organization of the DM training course (advanced level) jointly with the IODE Project Office.

Timing: 2009.

Funding source: IODE Project Office ($35,000).

 

          9. Organization of working collaboration with the ODINECET IODE Project.

Timing: 2008-2009.

Funding source: internal sources

 

          Dr. Vladymyrov also informed the participants that at the end of 2007 Dr. Atanas Palazov, the ODIN-Black Sea coordinator, was appointed to be a director of the Bulgarian Institute of Oceanology. It is a very time consuming position and from November 2007 Dr. Palazov unfortunately could not dedicate any time for the ODIN Black Sea Project. As the result, the ODIN Black Sea activity was fully stopped from this time till February 2009 when Dr. Vladimir Vladymyrov was appointed as the interim project coordinator till IODE-XX where the new project coordinator would be selected.

The following activities were selected then to be run and completed at least partly before the IODE-XX (Numbering is according to the 2008-2009 work plan):

 

          1. A review presenting the results of analysis of the structure and state of the Black Sea Region National Oceanographic Data Centres will be prepared (ongoing).

          5. Application of the E2EDM technology to integrate the non-homogeneous local data systems into unified distributed marine data system that will provide the transparent exchange between these local systems (ongoing).

          6. Organization of the of the ODINBLACKSEA Project Steering Committee meeting (ongoing).

          9. Organization of working collaboration with the ODINECET IODE Project (ongoing).

 

          V.Vladymyrov presented then the draft items for the 2009-2011 work plan and budget as they were provided in the ODINBLACKSEA document submitted to IODE-XX (Table 1.). The participants agreed with this plan. None corrections or editions were made. It was proposed to update the ODINBLACKSEA work plan at the Steering Group meeting within the IODE-XX, or at the Steering Group meeting organized after the IODE-XX if due the lack of participants it will not be possible to organize it within the IODE-XX. 

 

Table 1. 2009-2011 work plan and budget

Action item description

To be implemented by

Deadline date

Requested from UNESCO RP

Requested from other sources

ODINBLACKSEA Steering Group Meeting and Training on the E2EDM prototype system for the ODINBLACKSEA countries

ODINBLACKSEA coordinator, Russian NODC

March 2009

5,000 USD (shared with the ODP Project?)

 

Development of the ODINBLACKSEA web site

ODINBLACKSEA coordinator

April 2009

 

 

Participation of the ODINBLACKSEA coordinator in IODE-XX

ODINBLACKSEA coordinator

May 2009

2,500 USD

 

Organization of the ODINBLACKSEA DM training course (intermediate level)

ODINBLACKSEA coordinator, IODE Project Office

Autumn 2009

 

35,000 USD

Participation of the ODINBLACKSEA trainees in the different training courses

ODINBLACKSEA coordinator, IODE Project Office

2010

 

30,000 USD

ODINBLACKSEA Steering Group Meeting

ODINBLACKSEA coordinator

2010

7,000 USD

 

Participation of the ODINBLACKSEA trainees in the different training courses

ODINBLACKSEA coordinator, IODE Project Office

2011

 

30,000 USD

Participation of the ODINBLACKSEA coordinator in IODE-XXI

ODINBLACKSEA coordinator

2011

2,500 USD

 

 

          V. Vladymyrov presented then brief information on the ODINBLACKSEA Data Centers (Table 2) and the preliminary results of execution of the topic 1 of the work plan - a review presenting the results of analysis of the structure and state of the Black Sea Region National Oceanographic Data Centres. As planned, this review was basically based on the draft document “Performance Benchmarks for National Oceanographic Data Centers (NODCs) and Designated National Agencies (DNAs) in the International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange Programme (IODE). The experience of the analysis of the structure and state of the Bulgarian National Oceanographic Data Centre (BGODC), realized as a deliverable from the SIBEMA project were taken into account. It was reported that as the last filled questionnaire was submitted a week ago, it was possible to make only a very preliminary and analysis. More detailed analysis will be done after IODE-XX.

 

Table 2. Brief information on the ODINBLACKSEA Data Centres

Country

Organization

Type of NODC

Year of Creation

National ODM Coordinator

Url

Bulgaria

BGODC/IO-BAS

NODC

1985

Atanas PALAZOV

http://www.bgodc.io-bas.bg/

Georgia

GeoDNA/TSU

DNA

2000

Kakhaber BILASHVILI

http://www.oceandna.ge/

Romania

NODEC/NIMRD

DNA

1970

Viorel MALCIU

http://www.rmri.ro/menu.en.html

Russia

NODC/RIHMI-WDC

NODC

1964

Nikolai MIKHAILOV

http://www.meteo.ru/nodc/index_e.html

Turkey

ONHO

NODC

1993

Murat ELGE

http://www.shodb.gov.tr/shodb_esas/index.php/en/

Ukraine

MEIT/MHI

DNA

1993

Alexey KHALIULIN

http://www.ocean.nodc.org.ua/

Ukraine

LaMIS/IBSS

DNA

2008

Volodymyr VLADYMYROV

http://nodc.ibss.org.ua/


          The issues of the development of
ODINBLACKSEA E2EPM system were discussed then. Discussion on the data to be provided by each NODC/DNA to the draft version of the ODINBLACKSEA E2EPM was as follows:

          V. Vladymyrov presented some ideas on the selection of a list of parameters to be provided through the ODINBS E2EDM system at the first stage of its creation. This list is based on the definition of the target user groups in the region (they are recently BS GOOS and BS Commission). It was proposed as well to do not fill the system with records that contain only metadata because there is a number of EC projects working in the Black Sea region that are dealing with the metadata bases for this region.

          After analyses of data that exist for the Black Sea on-line and on CD/DVD, V. Vladymyrov proposed to select the bio-optical data as a common type of data for ODINBS E2EDM system for all participants. Most organizations can provide Secchi disk data and/or Chl in situ data and some of them - satellite Chl data. Some of them can provide as well transparency and PAR data.

          In support of this idea, V.Vladymyrov informed the participants about the Chlorophyll Global Integrated Network (ChloroGIN), a GOOS/GEO demonstration project that aims to bring together regional satellite data processing centres in developing and developed countries with users of satellite data and in situ data gathering efforts, focussed on issues related to marine ecosystems (www.chlorogin.org). The project was initiated following recommendations of the "Plymouth Chlorophyll Meeting and Workshops (Extended Antares Network)" sponsored by GOOS, GEO, IOCCG, PML and POGO, 18 - 22 Sept 2006, for South America, Africa and the Indian Ocean. In future we can try to extend this project for the Black Sea region.

          N. Mikhailov proposed that the additional parameters / group of parameters will be provided by the participants which are not the common parameters hold by all or a majority of the participants but also by one or selected participants. In particular, he proposed that Russian NODC can provide a set of hydrometeorological parameters and products (see Annex 4 for a list). This idea was strongly supported by the partiThe issues of the development of ODINBLACKSEA E2EPM system were discussed then. Discussion on the data to be provided by each NODC/DNA to the draft version of the ODINBLACKSEA E2EPM was as follows:

          V. Vladymyrov presented some ideas on the selection of a list of parameters to be provided through the ODINBS E2EDM system at the first stage of its creation. This list is based on the definition of the target user groups in the region (they are recently BS GOOS and BS Commission). It was proposed as well to do not fill the system with records that contain only metadata because there is a number of EC projects working in the Black Sea region that are dealing with the metadata bases for this region.

          After analyses of data that exist for the Black Sea on-line and on CD/DVD, V. Vladymyrov proposed to select the bio-optical data as a common type of data for ODINBS E2EDM system for all participants. Most organizations can provide Secchi disk data and/or Chl in situ data and some of them - satellite Chl data. Some of them can provide as well transparency and PAR data.

          In support of this idea, V.Vladymyrov informed the participants about the Chlorophyll Global Integrated Network (ChloroGIN), a GOOS/GEO demonstration project that aims to bring together regional satellite data processing centres in developing and developed countries with users of satellite data and in situ data gathering efforts, focussed on issues related to marine ecosystems (www.chlorogin.org). The project was initiated following recommendations of the "Plymouth Chlorophyll Meeting and Workshops (Extended Antares Network)" sponsored by GOOS, GEO, IOCCG, PML and POGO, 18 - 22 Sept 2006, for South America, Africa and the Indian Ocean. In future we can try to extend this project for the Black Sea region.

          N. Mikhailov proposed that the additional parameters / group of parameters will be provided by the participants which are not the common parameters hold by all or a majority of the participants but also by one or selected participcipants.

          The participants discussed the time period for which data to be submitted for the first system version and agreed to select a period of 2000-2009. N. Mikhailov proposed that each participant has to provide as soon as possible a description of the parameters to be available for the system to have clear understandings of what kind of information and data would be provided. A template for this description and an example of the filled table is given in the Annex 5. A discussion on the topics related to the ODINBLACKSEA E2EDM system were continued as well during the Training on the End to End data Management (E2EDM) prototype system for the ODINBLACKSEA countries that was held after the Steering Group Meeting on March 20 after lunch and on 21 March. The final agreed documents of the meeting are given in the Annexes 3 and 4.