NARA seeks help in taking archives online

NARA soliciation

As part of an effort to bolster online access to its documents, the National Archives and Records Administration is looking for a small business to help it improve the digitization and scanning capabilities of its Archives II site in College Park, Md.

NARA wants the contractor to supply and install new computers and the accompanying server and software. It also wants the company to train the staff on the new systems and provide maintenance for at least one year,  possibly as long as three years.

The new workstations must meet all industry standards and be integrated with equipment that NARA’s Special Media Preservation Laboratory uses. In addition to supplying computers, the winner will also have to supply digital camera systems that include book cradles and scanners with varying specifications.

The contract is open to all companies that qualify as small businesses under the North American Industry Classification System. NARA said it could hire more than one company to do different parts of the job and that the contract will go to the bidder with the lowest-priced, technically acceptable offer.

All the specifics are available online at the Federal Business Opportunities Web site.

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Ben Bain is a reporter for Federal Computer Week.

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