Call for Tenders : Historic England

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Historic England wish to invite tenders for a project to develop a new technical platform and new governance arrangements to enable the heritage sector to better develop, publish, manage, fund and host Research Frameworks.

For details please see our contracts portal at You will need to Register and Express Interest to view the full project brief and to apply for the contract.

Our aim is to:-
• Create a sustainable platform for all future Research Frameworks in the heritage sector
• Better connect and co-ordinate heritage research across geographical and thematic/period subject areas

The objectives are to:
• Develop the technical platform to:

o enable the efficient development and management of the frameworks by their own research communities
o enable research frameworks to be better accessed, cross-searched and implementable
o Save the sector time and money that would otherwise be needed to develop separate systems for publication and management of research frameworks

• Develop a business model to cover:
o the governance of the platform in the future o licensing and copyright o future funding options for facilitation of the user community, hosting, maintenance and development

Due to the scope of the work anticipated, we welcome tenders from consortia to provide range of necessary skills and experience.
o Technical development of online collaboration platforms
o Hosting and long-term availability of internet resources
o Data standards, semantic search, and models in the heritage sector
o Understanding of how online communities work
o Understanding of historic environment research
o Local authority heritage management

Deadline date Friday 18th November. Historic England has a budget of £40k to £50k excl VAT for both stages of this project