Office for National Statistics

PU-17/0137 - ONS website 'Data Discovery'

Incomplete applications

Incomplete applications

Completed applications

Completed applications
8 SME, 5 large
Important dates
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Published Friday 26 August 2016
Deadline for asking questions Friday 2 September 2016 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications Friday 9 September 2016 at 11:59pm GMT


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Summary of the work ONS are looking for a highly skilled, collaborative supplier to work on building the alpha of an extended data discovery journey for users of the ONS website.
Latest start date 10/10/2016
Expected contract length 6 months
Location Wales
Organisation the work is for Office for National Statistics
Budget range

About the work

About the work
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Why the work is being done The need to support ONS multi-variate (especially small area) statistics. With an evolving devolution agenda in the UK and policy interest in cities and regional data, we anticipate needing a sustainable, flexible and responsive route to dissemination. For example, recently the ONS has been criticised for not enabling easy access to economic data at a local level for analysis of how the distribution of EU funding impacts on how people vote in the Referendum.
Problem to be solved It is clear that users require the capability to perform quite complex multi-variate queries that include, but are not limited to, small area statistics. They want to be able to undertake this as part of a single user journey on a single ONS domain rather than being passed from site to site.
Who the users are and what they need to do High level user stories are available here -->
Early market engagement
Any work that’s already been done Significant user research has been undertaken and documented to date and this is available to the future team. There has also been initial technical investigative work done which is available on Github and is fully documented (including a proposed data model.)
Existing team The supplier team will be working with an in-house multi-disciplinary team who have end-to-end responsibility for the ONS website and publishing platform.
Current phase Alpha

Work setup

Work setup
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Address where the work will take place Newport, South Wales
Working arrangements The team is expected to be on-site and co-located with the in-house team.
Security clearance All team members must be in possession of a current Disclosure Scotland clearance prior to starting contractual work.

Additional information

Additional information
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Additional terms and conditions

Skills and experience

Buyers will use the essential and nice-to-have skills and experience to help them evaluate suppliers’ technical competence.

Skills and experience
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Essential skills and experience
  • Expert in delivery of solutions that utilise micro services - 3 points
  • Expertise in development/delivery using Cloud Foundry (Python,Scala,Selenium/BOSH/Manifest or docker, GRAILS, Spring) - 3 points
  • Expertise in the design and delivery of Restful API's (inc: security functional and non-functional requirements) and use of appropriate tooling such as Swagger/RAML - 3 points
  • Expert in cloud technologies: design, planning. security, integration, whilst remaining Cloud provider agnostic - 3 points
  • Experience of effective identification and use of open source software components - 3 points
  • Experience in relational and non-relational databases in multiple formats - 3 points
  • Experience in using automated (testing) environments and continuous integration, delivery & (potentially) deployment, particularly GitHub and Jenkins - 3 points
  • Expertise in Agile delivery (e.g., Scrum, Kanban etc.) as outlined in the Government Service Design Manual using BDD and TDD -3 points
  • Experience of delivery in Data Architecture Services, especially in a sensitive data environment - 3 points
  • Expertise in coaching/mentoring technical staff - 3 points
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Experience of working across government agencies - 1 point
  • Knowledge of geospatial technologies - 2 points
  • Experience of working with 'linked data' technologies (i.e. triple stores, GraphDB, SPARQL) - 2 points

How suppliers will be evaluated

How suppliers will be evaluated
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How many suppliers to evaluate 3
Proposal criteria
  • Technical Solutions - 5 points
  • Approach & Methodology - 5 points
  • How the approach or solution meets user needs - 5 points
  • How the approach or solution meets your organisation’s policy or goal - 2 points
  • Estimated timeframes for the work - 2 points
  • How they’ve identified risks and dependencies and offered approaches to manage them - 2 points
  • Team structure - 2 points
  • Value for money - 2 points
Cultural fit criteria
  • Work as a team with our organisation and other suppliers - 4points
  • Transparent & Collaborative when making decision - 4points
  • Have the user and customer needs at the core of decision making - 4points
  • No blame culture and encourage people to learn from their mistakes - 4points
  • Skills transfer and mentoring of team members - 4points
Payment approach Capped time and materials
Assessment methods
  • Written proposal
  • Reference
  • Presentation
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

Questions asked by suppliers
Supplier question Buyer answer
1. Could you give us the estimated budget? The estimated budget is to be agreed with the winning bidder.
2. Do you have a link to the information on GitHUB? How many people does the project require? The links are as follows:

For the team size: 'We need a team to cover the skills listed and will take advice on how many individuals that requires'
3. Do you have a mapping solution/data already that we’d need to integrate with, or are you open to suggestions? We are open to all mapping solutions and will make choices based on the needs of our users