Lot 2 - Web Design & Development

 

Tenderers shall be capable of providing a range of services related to web development, web services, web design and Web 2.0 technologies.   Applications developed may be run on desktop PCs and/or Mobile PCs.  It is expected that each tenderer will demonstrate an understanding and experience of each service listed.

These services may include:

 

Technology / Skills

Background

1

Web Services

The EPA has already developed a data sharing network (EDEN) that uses web services to exchange data through SOAP/XML over HTTP. All interactions between EDEN and other applications are via web services.

The use of XML files are employed as a method for data collection by Europe, to reduce data conversion and collection efforts.  It is anticipated that in the future Web Services will be used increasingly in this area.  It is expected that all interactions between LEMA and databases external to LEMA will use web services.

The tenderer should have a good understanding of web services and the use of SOAP/XML over HTTP, be aware of best practices and have a proven track record in the implementation of web services both internally within an organisation and externally to databases held outside of an organisation. 

2

Systems Architect

LEMA will be developed using an n-Tier, Service Orientated Architecture (SOA) approach.  It is expected that LEMA will communicate with other databases both internal (e.g. Aquarius) and external (e.g. EDEN) using Web Services.  All systems should be suitably load tested and performance tested for maximum efficiency.    

The tenderer should have extensive expertise and a proven track record in developing communication pathways between multiple application platforms.  The tenderer should also be aware of best practices.

3

Web Design

Elements of web design will be required at many levels of the overall system design including the web forms, Web2.0 technologies, system administration interfaces etc.  The look and feel of the pages invoked by LEMA should reflect best practice and current graphic design techniques and should conform to applicable W3C, WAI and other standards.

The tenderer should have a good understanding of web design principles, be aware of best practice and have a proven track record in web design at many levels. 

4

Data Capture

The LEMA project will capitalise on the use of the web as a main point of data collection, replacing static application forms with web forms or a suitable alternative where applicable. This will include development of validation methods so that data integrity is maintained (e.g. use of data types, validation ranges etc) and the capture of data from multiple sources e.g. external database, GIS etc.

Spatial data will be collected via the web: this will range from simple Eastings and Northings to more complex lines and polygons.

The objective of the Agency is to move beyond simple HTML forms and utilise more current technologies to aid simple data transfer from a variety of sources into the web form e.g. ability to cut and paste from spreadsheet to the form.

The tenderer should have a good understanding of current technologies and their potential as a pathway for informing data, be aware of best practices and have a proven track record in the specification, design and development of web forms or other suitable data pathways.

5

Automated alerts

It is envisaged that automated alerts will be used to notify end-users, both within the Agency and external to the Agency, of changes in defined parameters or situations.  Automated alerts may be used within LEMA for technical notifications e.g. when there is a change in the chemical monitoring parameters of a licensed facility resulting in a breach of licence conditions; and business notifications e.g. a reminder to issue a certain piece of correspondence.

The tenderer should have a good knowledge of how best automated alerts can be incorporated into a system, be aware of best practices and have a proven track record in the specification, design and development of such automated reporting.

6

Web 2.0

Once the structure and processes within LEMA are in place, it is envisaged that Web 2.0 technologies may be used in the presentation layer, either internally or externally.  For example dashboards for real time information on the Waste Water treatment plants, or RSS feeds for Licence Status updates.

The tenderer should have a good understanding of Web2.0 technologies and how they are used, be aware of best practices and have a proven track record in the implementation of Web2.0 technologies. 

 These services will be provided to the Agency to agument those provided by the LEMA team.  In all cases guidane may be required for best practice in Web development.  It is expected that each tenderer will demonstrate an understanding and experience of each skill listed in Lot 2.  It is expected that System Developers will work closely with Web and GIS developers as well as the Reporting and Analysis developers.

The following profiles will be expected:

Web Developer

Web Designer

Web Architect