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Enabling Services for the Centre for Earth Observation

The European Commission's Joint Research Centre has published a call for proposals for Enabling Services for the Centre for Earth Observation (CEO). The CEO programme of the European Commission aims at enhancing European-wide communication in the exchange of information and d...

The European Commission's Joint Research Centre has published a call for proposals for Enabling Services for the Centre for Earth Observation (CEO). The CEO programme of the European Commission aims at enhancing European-wide communication in the exchange of information and data between earth observation service providers and users. The CEO is now in its design and implementation phase, which is planned to run from 1996 to 1998. The Enabling Services component of the CEO programme aims at providing software and systems to increase the exchange and accessibility of meta-data and information about earth observation data, products and services. The architecture of the CEO Enabling Services consists of a number of elements, called "Middleware Nodes", which offer key functionalities to both users and providers of data, products and services. Catalogue owners, service providers, and commercial, public and research organizations will be able to interface with the Middleware Nodes to make available, or search for, information. Another element, called the "Monitoring and Coordination Facility", coordinates the operation of the CEO Enabling Services. At the same time, the information generated by other components of the CEO programme, namely the user support and the application support, will be stored in an additional element called the CEO Provider Node. The system specification for the Middleware Nodes and the Monitoring and Coordination Facility has now been completed and has resulted in the specification of six work packages. This call refers to the implementation of these packages. The six packages are as follows: 1. Development of search servers: This package includes the development of search subsystems responsible for enabling users to define and execute queries for both data and documents held remotely at the provider sites. 2. Development of announcement and advertisement servers: This package includes the development of subsystems responsible for defining, submitting, storing and managing advertisements and announcements input by service providers and users. 3. Development of reporting and monitoring servers: This package includes the development of subsystems responsible for reporting on statistics, performances and resources related to the Enabling Services. It also comprises the subsystem responsible for monitoring and managing log events from all servers and platforms. 4. Development of data dictionary and user profile servers: This package includes the development of the subsystems responsible for storing and maintaining query terms and their definition. It also comprises the subsystem responsible for defining, submitting, storing and providing information about registered users. 5. Development of online help, help desk and newsgroup servers: This package includes the development of subsystems responsible for managing all online help information, for accepting, storing and managing user help messages. It also comprises the subsystems responsible for providing managed newsgroups and list servers. 6. Integration and testing: This package includes the definition and management of all commonalities among the other packages, such as interface control, page layout and common database management. It is also responsible for the integration and testing of the various elements. Proposals can be made for either one or more packages. Award of the contract for the implementation of package 6 will exclude the successful bidder from the award of any of the remaining packages. Work to be finished during 1997/1998. Date limits are specified in the tender documentation for each item. An information meeting will be held at the Joint Research Centre in Ispra, Italy, on 2 September 1996. All interested institutions and companies are invited to attend, at their own expense. Further information will be provided in the tender documentation. Requests for the tender documentation, and completed proposals, should be submitted to: European Commission Joint Research Centre Mr. P. Churchill TP 441 I-21020 Ispra (VA) Tel. +39-332-785425; Fax +39-332-785461 E-mail: ceo.helpdesk@jrc.it