This publication is made pursuant to Article 124.1 of the Rules of Application of the Financial Regulation that provides for an ex-ante publication on the Institutions' websites of contracts with a value up to 135 000 EUR (call for tender reference: SMART 2017/0052)

The European Commission will soon launch a call for tenders for a service contract of a maximum value of EUR 40 000 EUR (forty thousand Euros).

The purpose of this call for tenders is to review and update the International Digital Economy and Society Index (I-DESI), published in 2016.

The contractor shall calculate the index for three to five years (covering data from 2013 to 2017, or as recent as possible when some of these years are not available) and to produce a report on the main findings that can be extracted from analysing the results.

The I-DESI should adhere to the following standards:

  • The I-DESI should comprise the same dimensions as the DESI and, whenever the data allows it, the same sub-dimensions.
  • In geographical terms, the I-DESI should cover the EU as a whole as an aggregate, all 28 EU member states, and at least 15 third countries including the USA, Japan, Korea, China, Australia, Canada, Russia, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Turkey.
  • The I-DESI should include as many indicators for the selected countries as possible.
  • If research shows that there is a significantly higher number of indicators available for a sub-group of those countries than for the others (USA, Japan and Korea being the priority), then the contractor should propose a tiered I-DESI. The use of this option should be duly justified by the contractor.
    • In the first tier, the I-DESI would be computed using the more comprehensive set of indicators for the EU countries plus the subset of the above countries for which such indicators exist (USA, Japan and Korea being the priority).
    • In the second tier, the I-DESI would be computed using a shallower set of indicators for the EU countries plus all the selected countries (even those included in the first tier).
  • Each dimension of the I-DESI should be built using a set of indicators that reflects the reality that the dimension is meant to assess in the DESI (and that are available for as many of the countries covered as possible – trying to minimise the need for data imputation). These indicators can be in a smaller number than the ones used in the DESI for the corresponding dimension. The contractor should focus on data that is collected on a regular basis (ideally on a yearly basis, but also possibly at wider time intervals) so as to allow for the calculation of the index for future years.
  • In the I-DESI, EU countries should be assessed using the same indicators as all the third countries that are included. To guarantee some degree of alignment between the DESI and the I-DESI, the scores in the I-DESI for EU countries in each dimension should present a high correlation (ideally above 80%) with their counterpart scores in the DESI.
  • The I-DESI should follow a methodology similar to the one used in the DESI (described in the DESI Methodological Note) in what concerns at least data imputation, normalisation, weighting and aggregation.
  • The report shall also include a short assessment of reports and datasets, which are not included in the I-DESI, but are relevant for making international comparisons in digital competitiveness. In this section, also those sources are to be presented, which focus only on one or a few of the selected countries.

Data for all used indicators should be available already (this study does not comprise data collection). It is in the scope of this study to gather data from international sources (such as the OECD, World Bank, ITU, etc.), but also directly from sources in individual countries such as to build or augment the geographical coverage of the indicators.

  • For instance, Eurostat publishes one indicator on regular use of the internet by citizens, which covers the EU28 countries. It is part of the scope of this study to procure compatible figures for each of the remaining countries (USA, Japan, Korea, China, etc.) in order to enlarge the geographical scope of the Eurostat indicator. The data for each country should, if needed, be obtained from individual entities/authorities in the countries themselves.
  • This process should seek to guarantee that the data collected for each country is comparable (i.e., that it refers to the same reality being measured, covers the same breakdown of the population, and uses compatible collection methods).

Interested economic operators can express their interest to participate in the call for tender until 15 December 2017   by sending an e-mail

No evaluation is performed at this stage. All the economic operators who have expressed their interest to participate in this procurement procedure within the above-mentioned deadline will be subsequently invited to submit a tender. The contracting authority reserves the right to also invite economic operators not included in the list of interested economic operators who responded to this ex-ante advertisement.

An economic operator may consider submitting a tender as a single entity or in collaboration with other service providers: either by submitting a joint tender with (a) partner(s) (assuming joint and several liability towards the contracting authority for the performance of the contract) and/or through subcontracting. In case of a joint tender with (a) partner(s), all partners must be identified in the expression of interest and cannot be modified at a further stage of the procurement procedure.

Only the candidates invited by the contracting authority to participate in this procurement procedure will be admissible.

Processing your reply to the ex-ante advertisement will involve the recording and processing of personal data (such as your name and address). Such data will be processed pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 45/2001 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the Community institutions and bodies and on the free movement of such data. Unless indicated otherwise, any personal data requested are required to register your interest to participate in the call for tender and will be processed solely for that purpose by the Data Controller. You are entitled to obtain access to your personal data on request and to rectify any such data that is inaccurate or incomplete. If you have any queries concerning the processing of your personal data, you may address them to the Data Controller.

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You have the right of recourse at any time to the European Data Protection Supervisor for matters relating to the processing of your personal data.

For the purpose of this ex-ante advertisement, the Data Controller shall be the Head of the Unit "Budget and Finance", Directorate "Resources and Support", Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology. Any queries concerning the processing of personal data of the Candidate can be addressed to the data controller by using the e-mail address mentioned under Point "Purpose of this call for tenders" of the present ex-ante advertisement and by indicating the reference of the ex-ante advertisement.

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