Project structure

In order to achieve the goals, the following activities will be carried out in different stages

  • A system will be developed allowing the national experts from the Contracting Parties to enter the data (file import and manual online reporting form), and later to correct or replace them accordingly.
  • An automated QA mechanism will be designed and implemented, checking the quality of the data at different levels (input validation, consistency, controls based on statistics etc.). Suspicious data will be marked accordingly and later manually checked/corrected by nominated QA experts. The data will be ultimately approved by the Contracting Parties before being made publicly available.
  • The PLC Guidelines will be revised by the PLC-6 project, and the new database as well as the QA procedure will ensure that the datasets are more complete and correct than at present.
  • A web application will be developed to allow all interested users to access PLC data by means of a well-defined interface, including the possibility to download datasets and visualize data figures (e.g. graphs, tables) and maps (GIS).
  • Ensuring that the datasets are more complete and quality-verified, as well as streamlining the data flow (input-output), will have the effect to obtain better assessments.
  • The design of the database and of the web application will consider the usability aspect as well as the possibility that the requirements could change in the future.

The design of the database and data format, as well as metadata, reference system and the technologies involved in the data submission and retrieval, should comply with the European standards, facilitating the reporting obligations of EU member states according to the mentioned directives.

Expected results

The implementation of PLUS project would result in realization of the following business benefits:

  • Availability of a more complete, consistent and comparable datasets, including access to historical data (e.g. data from previous years used for analysis and other assessments)
  • Ensuring a higher and standardized quality of the waterborne input data, as a result of a more efficient quality-control system and more timely quality procedure
  • Providing information on quality status of the data indicating possible uncertainty
  • Lowering the long-term costs for HELCOM and Contracting Parties
  • Supporting the role of HELCOM as a cooperation platform for regionally coherent implementation of BSAP, as well as the reporting obligation on European and global level
  • Providing a faster and more cost-effective data reporting for Contracting Parties
  • Easy and up-to-date on-line access to data and data products on waterborne inputs for HELCOM, the Contracting Parties, research institutes and the general public
  • A robust database system accessible via web interface, considering possible future changes

A final report, summarizing the achievements of the project, shall be made available upon completion.