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Marine Recorder Redevelopment

Invitation to tender: Reference C21-0262-1579

The aim of this contract is to produce the first build of a multi-organisation cloud-based benthic data management (and analysis) solution for use by both UK statutory agencies and the wider UK marine community as a replacement for the current "Marine Recorder" desktop-based solution, which is at end-of-life.

Marine Recorder (MR) is an existing MS Access database application for collating, storing and disseminating spatial data on marine benthic biodiversity. It was developed in the early 2000s to store data from statutory nature conservation body (SNCB) and Non-governmental Organisation (NGO) marine surveys, mainly led by  JNCC. In addition to data collected by larger organisations, the system is also used as a key data storage solution for validated records of crowdsourced biological data, through the Seasearch and Shoresearch initiatives.

There is no known established direct replacement for the system, as determined through a scoping contract and report funded by JNCC and NatureScot (in press, available on request) . However, it is at end-of-line and requires a good deal of staff time to maintain both the system and through its out-of-date infrastructure, manage the data within. Being built on MS Access it is becoming more difficult to maintain and it is only a matter of time before Access itself becomes obsolete.

The replacement solution will be centrally administered to ensure a consistent and comparable approach to storing and managing benthic data within each organisation and ensure friction-free integration of data across organisations, enabling streamlined dissemination to downstream data systems, and analysis-ready outputs.


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Potential bidders are invited to download the following documents and complete the acceptance form of our terms and conditions attached to the invitation to tender (ITT).




  • Date for return of tender: 10 August 2021 at 16:00 hrs  
  • Proposed start date: w/c 13 September 2021
  • Proposed end date: 31 March 2022

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