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Invitation to tender for services supporting the provision of multimedia access to ESPRIT results

The European Commission, DG III, has published an open call for tenders for the development and supply of services relating to the provision of multimedia access to results of activities funded under the European Strategic Programme for Research and Development in Information Technology (ESPRIT).

The Commission's Directorate General for Industry is planning to implement an action to improve the industrial impact of the ESPRIT programme by creating an on-going virtual technology exhibition documenting the innovative results of the programme and presenting application scenarios. This action will be referred to as PROSOMA ESPRIT.

PROSOMA ESPRIT should have an open architecture capable of coping with an evolving computing and communications environment. It should provide access to relevant information provided by the EC RTD information service, CORDIS. It must initially provide a hybrid implementation (on CD-ROMs plus Internet) and must be capable of evolving into a fully on-line server-based implementation connected to the World-Wide Web.

The present call for tender concerns:

- The development, implementation and operation of a general multimedia information base to describe the results of the ESPRIT programme: an orderly collection (including updating services) of information held on various media and available for use for multiple purposes related to dissemination and technology transfer;
- The development, implementation and operation of a multimedia, multilingual showcase (including delivery software and multimedia content) with extended operational functionalities;
- Maintenance of the relevant hardware and software and adaptation to new operating environments;
- Provision of a content production service;
- Provision of a service for information collection, editing, integration and quality control of the content;
- Provision of a service for packaging content and preparation of master copy for reproduction and distribution through Commission services and through the Internet from a Commission-run server.

The tender must include the provision of hardware, software and operational resources.

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