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13/05/2015    S92

United Kingdom-Reading: IT services: consulting, software development, Internet and support

2015/S 092-165570

Prior information notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)

Official name: European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF)
Postal address: Shinfield Park
Town: Reading
Postal code: RG2 9AX
Country: United Kingdom

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: http://www.ecmwf.int/

Further information can be obtained from:
Official name: European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF)
Postal address: Shinfield Park
Town: Reading
Postal code: RG2 9AX
Country: United Kingdom
Internet address: http://www.ecmwf.int/en/about/suppliers/Copernicus-procurement

I.2)Type of the contracting authority
European institution/agency or international organisation
I.3)Main activity
Other: Meteorological Services
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities
The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: no

Section II.B: Object of the contract (Supplies or services)

II.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:
Copernicus C3S_23a Technical Infrastructure.
II.2)Type of contract and place of delivery or of performance
Service category No 27: Other services
On Contractor's premises.
II.3)Information on framework agreement
The notice involves the establishment of a framework agreement: yes
II.4)Short description of nature and quantity or value of supplies or services:
ECMWF, as the Entrusted Entity for the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S), will issue an ITT for the software development of the C3S infrastructure.
One of the aims of the C3S is to provide a single entry point for users to discover and work with climate related data and products which are provided by a wide variety of suppliers. The C3S infrastructure will therefore consist of:
— a distributed data store that will be built upon existing infrastructures available at each of the suppliers. The content of the data store will vary in size (from megabytes to petabytes), type (flat files to relational databases) and formats. Interfaces between components of the data store will be based on agreed international standards. Users will be provided with a virtualised, consistent view of the content of the data store;
— a toolbox that will contain software components that can be used to perform computations on the content of the data store, in a distributed fashion, under strictly controlled quality of service constraints;
— a centralised catalogue that will describe the holdings of the distributed data store, as well as the tools available in the toolbox;
— a brokering software that will forward data and services requests to the relevant suppliers;
— a web portal that will allow users to discover and interact with the content of the climate data store. This will enable users to browse and search the catalogue, submit data requests and perform computations on these data. The portal will also act as a content management system, in order to provide documentation, training material, support pages, etc.
The portal will have to implement the discovery, view and download services as mandated by the INSPIRE directive, using the relevant standards of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC).
The selected contractor will work closely with ECMWF and development will follow an agile methodology or equivalent. Technological choices will preferably be based on existing open source software. Ownership of all rights in the resulting software will be assigned, through ECMWF to EC and ECMWF will release the resulting software, on EC's behalf, under an open source licence, for unrestricted use and development. The architecture of the system will have to be open and extendable, and scale both in terms of the number of concurrent users and volume of available data.
The C3S infrastructure will provide an operational service, and will have to be closely monitored. Usage statistics will have to be collected in order to measure key performance indicators and carry out capacity planning.
The solution will include elements utilising a mixture of ECMWF's, the publishers' and cloud-based computing infrastructure.
The full contract duration is 39 months.
Estimated cost excluding VAT:
Range: between 1 600 000 and 2 000 000 EUR


This contract is divided into lots: no
II.5)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

72000000 IT services: consulting, software development, Internet and support

II.6)Scheduled date for start of award procedures
II.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): no
II.8)Additional information:
The procurement for the contract will be conducted in accordance with ECMWF's procedures as set out in ECMWF's Invitation to Tender documents, which will be available on ECMWF's Procurement e-Tender Portal and no other procedures will apply. In submitting this notice ECMWF does not waive the privileges and immunities granted to it by virtue of its status as an Intergovernmental Organisation or submit itself to any jurisdiction.
Tenders must be submitted using ECMWF's eProcurement Portal. Hard copy (paper) submissions will not be accepted.

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
III.2)Conditions for participation
III.2.1)Information about reserved contracts

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about European Union funds
The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: yes
Reference to project(s) and/or programme(s): Copernicus — The European Earth Observation Programme.

See http://www.copernicus.eu/

VI.2)Additional information:
Tenders will not be eligible unless they are submitted by persons or entities based or registered in a member state of the EU or in a member state of ECMWF.
VI.3)Information on general regulatory framework
VI.4)Date of dispatch of this notice: