Statistics New Zealand is seeking expressions of interest in a content management system to replace its existing publishing systems.
The system is the first part of a two-step process to create an integrated publishing environment, allowing the department to handle both print- and web-based publishing.
The second part, a new information architecture, will be developed separately from the content management system, which is scheduled to be implemented by mid-2004.
The content management system has a set maximum budget of $370,000, covering software, hardware, customisation and implementation of software and training Statistics NZ staff in use of the system.
Requirements for the system include storing content as components rather than documents, in a non-proprietary format and retaining an archive of all earlier versions of content.
According to the expressions of interest document, “legacy documents and components are currently stored in a number of Lotus Notes databases and much of the content has a degree of structure”.
Being able to interface with external databases and operating within Statistics NZ’s infrastructure, which includes Windows XP, Windows Server 2000 and Novell Netware 5.1 and using XML to produce output in the correct format are also necessary. It is preferred that the system be natively interoperable with Sybase, SQL Server and Lotus Notes databases and Microsoft Office files and components.
A separate tender will be issued for the new information architecture and the content management system will remain separate from Statistics NZ’s website.
The call for expressions of interest closes on October 1 and five respondents will be selected to submit full tenders.