Mission and main objectives
The IODE ASSOCIATED DATA UNIT (ADU) for International Data and Information exchange (GeoDNA) was established as the unit of IOC/UNESCO International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE) Programme in 2001 with scientific and educational purposes at the Iv. Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University. Its missions are to collect, acquire, processing, store and disseminate the marine data and metadata sampled by Georgian institutes and agencies, as well as to provide graduate level education in marine sciences.
Its main objectives are to facilitate the access to marine information, to promote the development of indicators on marine science and technology, environment and socio-economics and to encourage cooperation between the National and European Institutions.
From the year of 2006 the Designated National Agency operates within the Centre of Relations with UNESCO of the Iv. Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University.
Ocean Data and Information Network for the Black Sea Region (ODINBLACKSEA) was established recently. ODINBLACKSEA should become a capacity building instrument for further development of NODC structure in the region and will support BlackSeaGOOS and other regional initiatives (http://www.odinblacksea.org/)