Within the EU project Black Sea SCENE, Institute of Biology of the Southern Seas National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (IBSS) together with Institute of Marine Sciences Middle East Technical University Turkey (IMS METU), developed the tool to manage Black Sea Phytoplankton checklist.
The species description is stored in the form of wiki text in mediawiki content management system (MediaWiki is free server-based software which is licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL)). The key species information like taxonomy, distribution, biovolume etc. is stored in the form of templates. All other necessary information and media (images, films etc.) can be added by registered editors to the species page using simple wiki text markup.
First version of Black Sea Phytoplankton checklist was developed with the help of Black Sea phytoplankton specialists – see Contributors. For the simplicity of citation Contributors were grouped to Black Sea Phytoplankton Checklist Editorial Board.
First version of checklist hosted on servers in IBSS (bss.phyto.ibss.org.ua). Since 2014 checklist and other web-sites and databases developed by Ukrainian National Oceanographic Data Center, based on Institute of Biology of the Southern Seas National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine are not supported anymore.