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Request for proposals for the development of tools for the COUNTER community

This request for proposals (RFP) is an invitation for the submission of bids for the creation of tools to support the COUNTER community.

Request for proposals

There are two Lots. The Lots may operate independently of each other, or they may operate from a common platform. (This means Bidders may bid for Lots 1 ​and ​2, or Lot 1 only, or Lot 2 only).

LOT 1:  COUNTER Release 5 Validation Tool

LOT 2:  COUNTER Release 5 Consortium Harvesting Tools

The Validation Tool and the Consortium Harvesting Tools will both support Release 5 of the COUNTER Code of Practice. They serve different purposes but there are several shared features, including self-registration, SUSHI client, (basic) report validation, error handling and reporting. Bidders responding to both Lots are not required to use the same code for shared features, such reuse of code is at the discretion of the Bidder.

The Request for Proposals may be downloaded here.

Deadline for submission of bids: Friday 6 April 2018.


  • Deadline for clarification requests from bidders: 12:00 noon (UK time) on Wednesday 22 March 2018.
  • COUNTER will aim to provide responses to Bidder requests for clarification by Wednesday March 29 at 12:00 noon (UK time).
  • Deadline for submissions 12:00 noon (UK time) on Friday 6 April 2018.
  • Clarifications (if required) sought from Bidders (including negotiation of terms) Friday 20 April 2018.
  • COUNTER will aim to notify successful Bidders by late Friday 27 April 2018.
  • Projects should commence in May 2018 and complete no later than November 2018.


COUNTER reserves the right to amend this timeline. Any changes will be posted to the RFP website page.

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