University is looking for IT suppliers to update its website


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One of the state’s best-known college campuses enlists the help of IT vendors to update a website.

In one request for proposal (Call for tenders) released on May 3, the University of California, Berkeley “Invites proposals for the creation of a Drupal 9 website on behalf of the Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing. ” the Simons Institute, as per the RFP, was established in 2012 with a $ 60 million grant from the Simons Foundation and a renewal grant of $ 35.5 million last year; it is a prominent place for “collaborative research in theoretical computer science”. Among the takeaways:

  • The Simons Institute is looking to “overhaul” its website, which was developed in 2013, to improve user functionality, refresh its appearance and improve its technologies. The current version of the site is Drupal 7 – which, according to the company, “Ends November 2022.” The current site “meets many of the Institute’s functional needs and would be integrated with Drupal 8 if that were a practical strategy”. But given the differences between Drupal 7 and Drupal 8, the university is looking to “(u) move directly to Drupal 9 because the end of life for Drupal 8 is also November 2022”, according to the call for tenders. Other needs include choosing and creating a new look for the site “with an emphasis on colorful, image-oriented navigation”; make the site responsive for mobiles; and the redesign of the home page to improve ease of access to content and functionality.
  • The target audience for the new website will include members of the “scientific / technical community” – visiting researchers, long-time visitors likely to participate in the Institute’s research programs and short-term visitors likely to attend workshops. The audience will also include funders – industry partners, private foundations, federal agencies, the Simons Foundation itself, as well as members of the public and Institute staff and faculty. .
  • Minimum / Mandatory Requirements for Bidders include “extensive and proven experience” in brand and website development; experience in managing “complex projects” with “a committee process informed by academic, research institute or not-for-profit brands and principles”; the ability to meet the university’s’ brand, license, WCGA 2.0. AA, IT and security requirements ”and having“ the right size team ”to meet deadlines and budgets. The bid evaluation process will be based on University of California policy BUS-43, and the criteria will include at least five years’ experience on projects of similar size, scope and complexity; and in the area of ​​design qualifications, having experience and success in building “innovative academic, research institute or non-profit brands that include functional guides” that have served thousands of people.
  • The duration and value of the contract are not indicated. Proposals are due May 24th and will be evaluated on May 31st and interviews with bidders will take place June 1-11. Interviews will be evaluated from June 14-18 and “first-ranking bidders” will be identified from June 21-25. An intention to award notice and perform the contract is expected from June 28 to July 9.
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