E-Learning Services for JISC

E-Learning Services for JISC

The purpose of this ITT is to acquire a further collection of relevant and up-to-date e-book titles to support the teaching and learning needs of the FE sector.

UK-Didcot: E-learning services

2013/S 090-153323

Contract notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Jisc Collections and Janet Limited
Lumen House, Library Avenue
For the attention of: Procurement Co-ordinator
OX11 0SG Didcot
Telephone: +44 1235822341
E-mail: procurement@ja.net
Fax: +44 1235822286

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: www.ja.net

Electronic access to information: https://tenders.ja.net

Electronic submission of tenders and requests to participate: https://tenders.ja.net

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)

I.2)Type of the contracting authority

Other: National education and research network provider
I.3)Main activity

I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities

The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: no

Section II: Object of the contract

II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:

Additional Core Content for the JISC Collections E-books for FE Project.
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance

Service category No 24: Education and vocational education services
NUTS code UKJ14

II.1.3)Information about a public contract, a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)

The notice involves a public contract
II.1.4)Information on framework agreement
II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)

JISC Collections e-books for FE project has provided all further education institutions in the UK with free access to a collection of around 3 000 e-books since 2009.
The purpose of this ITT is to acquire a further collection of relevant and up-to-date e-book titles to support the teaching and learning needs of the FE sector.
II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

80420000, 64216200, 80212000, 22112000, 22113000

II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): yes

This contract is divided into lots: no
II.1.9)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract
II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:

The purpose of this ITT is to acquire a further collection of relevant and up-to-date e-book titles (to the maximum value of 230 000 inc. VAT) to support the teaching and learning needs of the FE sector. The new content will be licensed for two years by JISC Collections from the start of the next academic year (September 2013). For the first year, the titles will be hosted on ebrary, but must have the ability to be transferred to another platform if Jisc Collections agreement with ebrary is not renewed after August 2014.
The market for e-books in FE is fragmented and the availability of funding for libraries in this sector is limited and fluid. Participation in the e-books for FE project gives publishers a unique opportunity for market development in electronic publishing through a nationwide, centrally funded and supported project.
The project is currently funded until August 2014, but the objective has always been sustainability. This involves working with publishers to help FE colleges to grow their collections of e-books.
Since July 2009 JISC Collections has monitored the usage of the e-books, to proactively inform the embedding of e-books in FE practice. JISC Collections uses usage statistics on an institutional and national basis to calculate efficiency savings and provide other financial information so that colleges can justify e-books expenditure within their institution.
JISC Collections has run nationwide workshops, commissioned tool kits for e-resources and continues to work with the FE community to ensure that the current momentum in using and embedding e-books is sustained throughout, and beyond the lifetime of the project.
The successful supplier will be well placed to build upon this centrally funded initiative to create a sustainable and long-term business in the FE market. In summary, the successful supplier will:
— Become one of major providers of e-books to the FE sector in the UK.
— Have an established route to market for the sale of additional e-books to the sector.
— Benefit from a JISC Collections funded publicity and promotions campaign to raise awareness and use of the collection.
— Benefit from a substantial outreach and advocacy programme to FE colleges, on issues such as access management, accessibility, information literacy and information environment standards.
JISC Collections welcomes proposals from all publishers and vendors of relevant e-book content.
Estimated value excluding VAT: 191 666 GBP
II.2.2)Information about options

Options: no
II.2.3)Information about renewals

This contract is subject to renewal: no
II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

Duration in months: 24 (from the award of the contract)

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:
III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:
III.1.4)Other particular conditions

The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: no
III.2)Conditions for participation
III.2.1)Personal situation of economic operators, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: (a) is bankrupt or is being wound up, where his affairs are being administered by the court, where he has entered into an arrangement with creditors, where he has suspended business activities or is in any analogous situation arising from a similar procedure under national laws and regulations.
(b) is the subject of proceedings for a declaration of bankruptcy, for an order for compulsory winding up or administration by the court or of an arrangement with creditors or of any other similar proceedings under national laws and regulations.
(c) has been convicted by a judgement which has he force of res judicata in accordance with the legal provisions of the country of any offence concerning his professional conduct.
(d) has been guilty of grave professional misconduct proven by ay means which the contracting authorities can demonstrate.
(g) is guilty of serious misrepresentation in supplying the information required under this section or has not supplied such information.
(h) has been the subject of a conviction for participation in a criminal organisation as defined in Article 2(1) of Council Joint Action 98/733/JHA.
(i) has been the subject of a conviction for corruption, as defined in Article 3 of the Council Act of 26.5.1972 and Article 3(1) of Council Joint Action 98/742/JHA3 respectively.
(j) has been the subject of a conviction for fraud within the meaning of Article 1 of the Convention relating to the protection of the financial interests of the European Communities.
(k) has been the subject of a conviction for money laundering, as defined in Article 1 of Council Directive 91/308/EEC of 10.6.1991 on prevention of the use of the financial system for the purpose of money laundering.
III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: The supplier shall provide evidence of financial and economic standing, as specified in Article 47 of EU directive 2004/18/EC.
III.2.3)Technical capacity
III.2.4)Information about reserved contracts
III.3)Conditions specific to services contracts
III.3.1)Information about a particular profession

Execution of the service is reserved to a particular profession: no
III.3.2)Staff responsible for the execution of the service

Legal persons should indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff responsible for the execution of the service: no

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of procedure
IV.1.1)Type of procedure

IV.1.2)Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate
IV.1.3)Reduction of the number of operators during the negotiation or dialogue

Recourse to staged procedure to gradually reduce the number of solutions to be discussed or tenders to be negotiated no
IV.2)Award criteria
IV.2.1)Award criteria

The most economically advantageous tender in terms of the criteria stated in the specifications, in the invitation to tender or to negotiate or in the descriptive document
IV.2.2)Information about electronic auction

An electronic auction will be used: no
IV.3)Administrative information
IV.3.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting authority:
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract

IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document

Time limit for receipt of requests for documents or for accessing documents: 26.6.2013 – 12:00
Payable documents: no
IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

28.6.2013 – 12:00
IV.3.5)Date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates
IV.3.6)Language(s) in which tenders or requests to participate may be drawn up

IV.3.7)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender

Duration in months: 6 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)
IV.3.8)Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 28.6.2013 – 12:00
Persons authorised to be present at the opening of tenders: no

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: no
VI.2)Information about European Union funds

The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
VI.3)Additional information

Each interested supplier is required to register its intention to submit a response to the operational requirement via the Janet e-tendering opportunities portal at https://tenders.ja.net

VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures
VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:7.5.2013