[OSGeo-UK] Freedom of Information - Defra GIS contracts

Dirk-Willem van Gulik Dirk-Willem.van.Gulik at BBC.co.uk
Thu Jul 22 06:17:15 EDT 2010

On 22 Jul 2010, at 09:56, Addy Pope wrote:

> I could be wrong but i thought that the EA frame work (5year duration)

Aye - you are wrong. Do have a very good read of the TED.europe.eu and local sites like ogc.gov.uk.

There are various types - and some are indeed framework contracts which have a certain duration (and generally just mean you pre-qualify and pre-aagree a contract - and still have to 'bid' to get them later); but the bulk (and the bit you care about as a (small/medium sized company) are the normal open ITTs on which anyone can bid.

And these are generally judged very fairly, on quality and price. And here small innovative companies can really (and actually when you put your mind to it fairly easily) compete with the big guys (in the specialist field; where (international) expertise matters - and open standards prevail, like in GIS; things like stationary or canteen supplies behave differently).

> OSGeo consortium for the next frame work in 2011/2?

One could. But just individually bidding on ITTs has always worked for me in the past (in a previous live - my current job has me again on the other side of the table :) ).


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