The 2005 data pilot project was a partnership between the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and the SAMOS Data Assembly Center (DAC) at the Florida State University. Goals of the pilot project included:
The ship operations groups at WHOI have developed shipboard scripts to format the SAMOS observations and e-mail this data to the DAC. The DAC is developed near-real time data ingestion, the metadata database, scientific data quality evaluation, and near-real time data distribution systems. The pilot project has concluded and two WHOI vessels continue to provide data on a daily basis. The DAC is actively recruiting additional vessels to participate in SAMOS.