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Invitation to Tender: Reference: C23-0262-1860
Contract Title: Marine Recorder Online development continuation

Background to Project

This contract aims to build upon the initial minimum viable product (MVP) release of the “Marine Recorder Online” multi-organisation cloud-based benthic data management (and analysis) solution. Currently under contract for initial development until March 2024, the initial MVP is expected to be released by 31st March 2024. It is therefore intended that this contract will provide ongoing improvements including implementing tweaks to existing functionality and developing new functionality, as prioritised and agreed by the Marine Recorder Steering Group, comprised of the public and third sector organisations that hold tenancies within the application (henceforth ‘custodians’).

Next Steps

If interested in this project potential bidders are invited to download the following documents within the zip on Contracts Finder and complete the acceptance form of our terms and conditions attached to the invitation to tender letter (ITT).

• Invitation to Tender letter (ITT) - Proforma Form to be completed
• Instructions for Tenderers (submission of bids) PS4a
• Annex A
• JNCC General terms and conditions
• JNCC Quality Assurance Policy
• Conflict of Interest Declaration


  • Date for return of tender: Thursday 22 February 2024 @16:00 hours GMT
  • Proposed start date: Monday 1 April 2024
  • Proposed end date: Tuesday 31 March 2026


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