Data Store Tender for BBC
The BBC wishes to appoint a supplier to develop, build, test, install and support a Resource Description Framework (“RDF”) store. The RDF store will hold BBC asset metadata, domain metadata and will support semantically aggregated index pages and other semantically driven BBC products. UK-London: data storage services
Section I: Contracting authority
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
Broadcasting House, Portland Place
For the attention of: Ken Hemsley
W1A 1AA London
General address of the contracting authority: www.bbc.co.uk/supplying/livetenders.shtml
Further information can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)
Specifications and additional documents (including documents for competitive dialogue and a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)
Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: The above mentioned contact point(s)
Section II: Object of the contract
Service category No 7: Computer and related services
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: BBC sites across the United Kingdom.
NUTS code UK
The incumbent RDF store is a quad store; configured so that it can perform reasoning with the semantics of the entire BBC asset, sport and domain data in real time. The incumbent RDF store supports SPARQL Protocol and RDF Query Language (“SPARQL”) 1.0, geospatial queries, text indexing and search with enterprise grade scalability, performance and resilience.
The BBC wishes to upgrade and replace the incumbent RDF store with an RDF store which supports SPARQL 1.1 query, update and graph store protocol, geospatial indexing, free text indexing, enterprise grade scalability, performance and resilience. The BBC may also require services related to the RDF store, including but not limited to, customisations and training.
The new RDF store will need to continue to support BBC Sport and will be used for semantic BBC News, BBC Knowledge & Learning and in other BBC product domains. The BBC’s affiliates including BBC Worldwide Limited may make use of the sematic information held in the store in order to serve targeted adverts to an international audience.
The RDF store is required to support many hundreds of updates per minute with many thousands of concurrent queries per second.
The RDF store must be able to scale to many billions of triples and should provide a failsafe highly available cluster configuration.
The RDF store must be fully ACID (‘Atomic, Consistent, Isolated, Durable’) transaction compliant.
The RDF store must be able to support either Quad storage and named graphs or statement level provenance.
The RDF store should support multi version concurrency control or a similar non-locking transaction processing architecture.
The RDF store may support reasoning, such as sub-class or sub-property inference.
The BBC are happy to consider both proprietary RDF stores and open source products.
The BBC are happy to look at all licencing proposals including but not limited to any perpetual licences.
The RDF store will be installed and hosted on the BBC’s web application development platform.
Range: between 500 000 and 640 000 GBP
Description of these options: The BBC may, at its option, extend the contract by up to 12 months.
Provisional timetable for recourse to these options:
in months: 36 (from the award of the contract)
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
1. You should first go to the BravoSolution eTendering portal at the following link: https://www.bbc.bravosolution.co.uk.
2. Once in the BravoSolution portal you have 2 possible options:
a) WITHOUT HAVING TO REGISTER you can select ‘View tender opportunities’ and click on ‘Current Opportunities’ to view a summary of this project. If you would then like to formally express an interest and view the documentation you should follow the instructions in b) below.
b) Register your company (if not already registered) by clicking on the ‘Register’ button (this is only required once). Next, you should accept the terms and conditions and click continue – Enter your correct business and user details – Note the username you chose and click Save when complete – You will shortly receive an email with your unique password (please keep this secure). You can now formally express an interest in this tender.
3. Express an Interest in the tender – Login to the portal with the username/password – Click the PQQs / ITTs Open To All Suppliers link. (These are Pre- Qualification Questionnaires or Invitations to Tender open to any registered supplier) – Click on the relevant PQQ/ ITT to access the content. – Click the Express Interest button in the Actions box on the left-hand side of the page. – This will move the PQQ /ITT into your My PQQs/ My ITTs page. (This is a secure area reserved for your projects only) -You can now access any attachments by clicking the Settings and Buyer Attachments in the Actions box. 4. Responding to the tender – You can now choose to Reply or Decline to Respond (please give a reason if rejecting) – You can now use the Messages function to communicate with the buyer and seek any clarification – Note the deadline for completion, then follow the onscreen instructions to complete the PQQ/ ITT – There may be a mixture of online and offline actions for you to perform (there is detailed online help available) You must then submit your reply using the ‘Submit Response’ button in the Actions box on the left-hand side of the page. If you require any further assistance please consult the online help, or contact the eTendering help desk(contact details can be found at https://bbc.bravosolution.co.uk).
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required: Please see Section B3 of the PQQ Information pack.
The BBC will evaluate technical ability/financial standing of the bidders in accordance with Articles 45 to 52 of Directive 2004/18/EC and Regulations 23 to 25 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2006, and a detailed explanation of the evaluation methodology and minimum criteria to be satisfied are set out in the Pre-Qualification Questionnaire.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required:
Please see Section B3 of the PQQ Information pack.
Section IV: Procedure
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates: The BBC will evaluate technical ability/financial standing of the bidders in accordance with Articles 45 to 52 of Directive 2004/18/EC and Regulations 23 to 25 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2006, and a detailed explanation of the evaluation methodology and minimum criteria to be satisfied are set out in the Pre-Qualification Questionnaire.
Section VI: Complementary information
In the case of technology requirements, the BBC may involve its technology partner (Atos IT Solutions and Services Limited) to assist in the scoping and drafting of invitations to tender and/or the evaluation of tenders.However, the final decision as to which is the most economically advantageous (by reference to the award criteria) will be made by the BBC. The awarding authority reserves the right not to award a contract and to annul the procurement process at any stage. Tenders and all supporting documents must be priced in sterling and all payments will be made in sterling. The contract shall be subject to English law. The awarding authority does not bind itself to accept the lowest, or any tender and reserves the right to accept part of a tender unless the tenderer expressly stipulates otherwise in the tender document. To prevent BBC eTendering portal email alerts from being quarantined by your organisation’s fire wall or spam filter, you are advised to instruct your IT team to accept all emails with a .BravoSolution.co.uk extension (our portal provider) or from firstname.lastname@example.org. If Section II.1.9 shows ‘Yes’, variants will be accepted provided they meet the core requirements of the project.
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:2.8.2012