Greece-Marousi: Software development services
Prior information notice
This notice is for prior information only
Section I: Contracting authority
Main address: www.athena-innovation.gr
Address of the buyer profile: http://www.corallia.org/el/
Section II: Object
Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) to buy R&D (Research and Development) Services and Integrate them to the OpenAIRE Platform
This PIN provides all potential interested economic operators with early information about the public procurement of innovative ICT solutions to address the following challenges and announces an open market consultation that is organised in preparation of this procurement.
More information about the open market consultation is provided in Section II.2.14).
The procurement aims to trigger new solutions to be developed and tested to address the identified Challenges
That the OpenAIRE infrastructure is facing. The procurement will be divided into the following lots, each corresponding to one challenge:
— Lot 1: Next Generation Repositories,
— Lot 2: Build Value Added Data Products and Services for OpenAIRE,
— Lot 3: Enhance the Current Services of OpenAIRE.
You can participate in the PCP call for tender even if you did not participate in the open market consultation. All submissions should respect and fulfill the proposal submission process and requirements.
Next Generation Repositories
1) The procurement will take the form of a pre-commercial procurement (PCP) under which R&D service contracts will be awarded to a number of R&D providers in parallel in a phased approach. This will make it possible to compare competing alternative solutions.
Each selected operator will be awarded a Framework Agreement that covers 2 R&D phases. The 2 phases are:
— solution design,
— prototyping, original development and validation, testing and integration of a limited set of first products or services.
After each phase, intermediate evaluations will be carried out to progressively select the best of the competing solutions. The contractors with the best-value-for-money (in terms of budget) and grade solutions will be offered a specific contract for the next phase. The phased approach with parallel contracts and intermediate evaluations will be followed within each lot. The procurement is expected to start in July 2019 and end in October 2020.
The selected operators will retain ownership of the intellectual property rights (IPRs) that they generate during.
The PCP and will be able to use them to exploit the full market potential of the developed solutions.
2) Vision and description:
The vision underlying the work of next generation repositories is, “to position repositories as the foundation for a distributed, globally networked infrastructure for scholarly communication, on top of which layers of value added services will be deployed, thereby transforming the system, making it more research-centric, open to and supportive of innovation, while also collectively managed by the scholarly community.”
An important component of this vision is that repositories will provide access to a wide variety of research outputs, creating the conditions whereby a greater diversity of contributions to the scholarly record will be accessible, and formally recognized in research assessment processes.
In April 2016, the confederation of open access repositories (COAR) launched the Next Generation Repository Working Group to identify new functionalities and technologies for repositories. A full report with recommendations for the adoption of new technologies, standards and protocols that will help repositories become more integrated into the web environment and enable them to play a larger role in the scholarly communication ecosystem is here:
In general, repositories form a distributed global knowledge network and have the potential to promote the transformation of the scholarly communication ecosystem. 1 of the barriers is a lack of web-based integration with other innovative scholarly services. There is a clear need for repository platforms to adopt modern web technologies and protocols that will allow them to better interact with more innovative and sophisticated scholarly networked tools and services.
Building on the outcomes of the COAR Next Generation Repositories Working Group, OpenAIRE-Advance calls interested SMEs and Young Innovators to develop functionalities and demonstrate use cases that support the implementation of next generation networked services (repositories) within OpenAIRE.
This call will specifically address the following needs/functionalities related to next generation repositories:
1) Plug ins and/or add ons for the implementation of Signposting in DSpace 5 and DSpace 6;
2) Implementation of ResourceSync for Eprints;
3) Innovative techniques/methods for visualizing usage data from and for individual repositories and aggregator services.
Build Value Added Data Products for Open Science Ecosystem
— solution design
The selected operators will retain ownership of the intellectual property rights (IPRs) that they generate during the PCP and will be able to use them to exploit the full market potential of the developed solutions.
The vision underlying the work of new value-added data products that will run on top of the OpenAIRE infrastructure is to address data reuse from OpenAIRE in new contexts that enhance and foster scholarly communication following the FAIR principles of an Internet of FAIR Data and Services (IFDS).
The services must build upon the OpenAIRE APIs (api.openaire.eu).
A critical component of this vision is to think out of the box and create new disruptive services (on top of OpenAIRE) and tools that will reach broader audiences and raise the impact of Open Science and OpenAIRE within EOSC, among other RIs, to user groups, industry, public administration, policy on open science.
OpenAIRE aggregates a vast amount of open science scientific records (data and metadata, from publications, outcomes of research) that have the potential to assist research communities to better understand their interconnections, connections to society and industry, their impact, their future. With the evolution of big data technologies in a well-connected world (research web) there is a need to explore, exploit and make sense of scientific and scholarly information in more innovative ways.
OpenAIRE-Advance calls interested SMEs and Young Innovators to offer solutions that will use data provided via OpenAIRE, blend with your imagination, skills, expertise and produce new services that will add value for all stakeholders involved in the research process or are recipients of research outcomes.
Enhance the Current Services of OpenAIRE
2) Vision and description text:
The vision underlying the work of new value-added services that will enhance current OpenAIRE operations and services, is “to select and build new versions/instances of OpenAIRE services already running on the infrastructure and expand their operations functionalities, outcomes”. All OpenAIRE services are user-centric and categorized on stakeholders: content providers, researchers, research managers, funders, research communities, innovators.
A relevant component of this vision is to think out of the box and create new functionalities, add-ons, plugins fully integrated into the OpenAIRE infrastructure and tools that will reach broader audiences and raise the impact of OpenAIRE within EOSC, among other e-infrastructures, to current user groups, industry, public administration, policy on open science.
2 main key paths to follow and focus on a solution are:
(i) constructing new add-ons of current OpenAIRE services, in support of the scholarly communication infrastructure by using content from OpenAIRE APIs. Services may support researchers, institutions, funders, content providers;
(ii) enhancing the OpenAIRE research graph by means of mining algorithms, web crawling algorithms, supporting data curation, etc. Services can take advantage of the OpenAIRE APIs.
OpenAIRE builds the OpenAIRE research graph by aggregating a vast amount of open science output/information (publications, outcomes of research, data, etc.) that have the potential to assist scientific communities through a collection of services. Since data and technologies evolve, there is a need to explore more ways to exploit that information and thus enhance OpenAIRE services.
OpenAIRE-Advance calls interested SMEs and Young Innovators to be creative and use its services, blend with your imagination, skills, expertise and build enhancements of OpenAIRE services that will add value for our stakeholders.
Section IV: Procedure
Section VI: Complementary information
The contract is related to OpenAIRE-Advance project which received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 777541. The EU has given a grant for this procurement, but is not participating as a Contracting Authority in the procurement.
This PIN is published to announce an open market consultation on potential future procurement activity and is not a commitment to procure. It doesn't oblige the Contracting Authority to set limits to the content of the invitation to tender. The Contracting Authorities involved in the OpenAIRE-Advance project are not legally bound in any way by the outcome of the market consultation.
All interested operators are invited to take part in an open market consultation. The open market consultation will provide an overview on the procurement objectives, the PCP process and the main clauses of the contract.
It is also not part of any pre-qualification or selection process.
No advantage or disadvantage will be given to any applicant/group of applicants to the detriment of others during the market consultation and the subsequent competitive procedure for the award of contracts procurement.
According to the Annex E. Specific requirements for innovation procurement (PCP/PPI) supported by Horizon 2020 grants of the Horizon 2020 — Work Programme 2014-2015:
“The PCP contract that will be concluded with each selected tenderer shall take the form of one single Framework Agreement covering all PCP phases, which does not involve contract re-negotiations after contract award. This Framework Agreement shall contain information on the future procedure for implementing the different phases (through specific contracts), including the format of the intermediate evaluations (incl. evaluation criteria) after the solution design and prototype development phases.”
All submissions should respect and fulfill the proposal submission process and requirements. After the deadline of the open call, no further proposals would be accepted.
Offers will be accepted in English. All communication will be carried out in English. All information provided during the open market consultation and other background information will be published online in English.
Even though 1 team is allowed to submit more than one proposals, only one proposal per team will be finally eligible to get funded; the 1 that is rated with the highest grade from the selection process.
Teams can be from the same institution provided that each team submits a separate proposal. Teams cannot be composed of partners of OpenAIRE.
Each team should assign one of their members as the main applicant (contact point). This member will be considered the administrative contact and will also be responsible for communication between the involved institutions.
A consultation team from OpenAIRE will be available to answer any questions to the candidates of the open call, to discuss the technical, organizational and financial feasibility of the proposal. This will be done via the Moodle of OpenAIRE. The outcomes of this discussion should be incorporated into the final proposal.
Further guidelines and criteria for elaborating the proposals in the second round will be communicated to the main applicant upon approval of the first round proposal.
The PCP procurement is exempted from the WTO Government Procurement Agreement (GPA), the EU public procurement directives and the national laws that implement them.
A open market consultation campaign will take place on May 2019, through Challenge Debates that request feedback on the Challenges identified.
More information on the call and the debates will be announced on the project website: https://www.openaire.eu/open-innovation-in-openaire
Register for the debates here: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=1uD6B4ZJbU2ojDm27lk2TQCJWp12ii1Gh7R-y0lSaTRURFhLWE4wQklNMElPWVM4M044SEJBQUhQNS4u