Invitation to tender – Digital archival collections group purchasing scheme: A Jisc Collections framework agreement

Jisc Services Ltd (JSL) is looking to work in collaboration with publishers to make digital archival collections (DACs) of primary source materials more affordable to university libraries so researchers, teachers and learners can enjoy access to a wider range of resources and libraries can achieve further efficiencies. DACs can comprise of many forms of digitised materials including, but not limited to, texts, manuscripts, illustrations, photographs, maps, pamphlets, diaries, correspondence, ephemera, cartoons and audio-visual materials.

JSL is seeking multiple publishers to sit on a multi-supplier framework agreement for the provision of static collections with no recurring platform fees that reduce in cost based on the number of products bought by any Jisc-banded institution over the course of an academic year. All products must be offered to institutions as a one-off perpetual purchase. This concept is referred to as the group purchasing scheme. DACs must be focused on content relevant to arts, humanities and social sciences.

Tender documents will only be made available via the Jisc e-procurement site Interested publishers will need to access the site (register if a new user) and search for the DAC opportunity.

The time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate is 15/08/2018

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By Karen Colbron

I focus on access and use of digital content in learning, teaching and research.

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