Future opportunity

Defra Data Services Platform 3 (DSP3)

  • Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (Defra)

F01: Prior information notice (prior information only)

Notice reference: 2021/S 000-020257

Published 18 August 2021, 10:45pm

Section one: Contracting authority

one.1) Name and addresses

Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (Defra)

17 Nobel House






+44 7826950799


United Kingdom

NUTS code

UK - United Kingdom

Internet address(es)

Main address


Buyer's address


one.3) Communication

Additional information can be obtained from the above-mentioned address

Electronic communication requires the use of tools and devices that are not generally available. Unrestricted and full direct access to these tools and devices is possible, free of charge, at


one.4) Type of the contracting authority

Ministry or any other national or federal authority

one.5) Main activity


Section two: Object

two.1) Scope of the procurement

two.1.1) Title

Defra Data Services Platform 3 (DSP3)

two.1.2) Main CPV code

  • 72300000 - Data services

two.1.3) Type of contract


two.1.4) Short description

Defra is the UK government department which is responsible for improving and protecting the environment. Defra aims to grow a green economy and sustain thriving rural communities, and also support the UK’s world-leading food, farming and fishing industries.

The Data Services Platform (“DSP”) makes environmental data, from across Defra Group, available to a wide range of users. The DSP is used to share data openly or with controlled groups of users (e.g. Defra Group supply chain) or where data contains third party rights. The intention of the DSP is to deliver services that will be world-leading in under-pinning environmental improvements. The DSP can be accessed at https://environment.data.gov.uk.

The purpose of this notice is for Defra to make known its intention of a planned procurement and to commence the market engagement process (in advance of commencing any formal procurement process) for the third generation of the Data Services Platform (the “DSP3”).

Prospective tenderers are requested to read the prospectus on the Contracts Finder microsite (https://www.contractsfinder.service.gov.uk/Notice/5ec6e651-1b9c-475c-abc7-53c246083544), to confirm their attendance at the market engagement event and complete a market engagement questionnaire by following the instructions within the prospectus.

two.1.5) Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: £10,000,000

two.1.6) Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: No

two.2) Description

two.2.2) Additional CPV code(s)

  • 38221000 - Geographic information systems (GIS or equivalent)
  • 48326000 - Mapping software package
  • 48326100 - Digital mapping system
  • 48600000 - Database and operating software package
  • 48610000 - Database systems
  • 48611000 - Database software package
  • 48612000 - Database-management system
  • 48613000 - Electronic data management (EDM)
  • 48614000 - Data-acquisition system
  • 48984000 - Graphical user interface (GUI) tools
  • 64216110 - Electronic data exchange services
  • 71222200 - Rural areas mapping services
  • 71354100 - Digital mapping services
  • 72000000 - IT services: consulting, software development, Internet and support
  • 72212326 - Mapping software development services
  • 72212600 - Database and operating software development services
  • 72310000 - Data-processing services
  • 72311100 - Data conversion services
  • 72312100 - Data preparation services
  • 72313000 - Data capture services
  • 72314000 - Data collection and collation services
  • 72316000 - Data analysis services
  • 72317000 - Data storage services
  • 72319000 - Data supply services
  • 72320000 - Database services
  • 72321000 - Added-value database services
  • 72322000 - Data management services

two.2.3) Place of performance

NUTS codes
  • UK - United Kingdom

two.2.4) Description of the procurement

Prospective tenderers are requested to read the prospectus on the Contracts Finder microsite (https://www.contractsfinder.service.gov.uk/Notice/5ec6e651-1b9c-475c-abc7-53c246083544), to confirm their attendance at the market engagement event and complete a market engagement questionnaire by following the instructions within the prospectus.

The initial set of capabilities required for the DSP3 are outlined in the prospectus and include:

- Data management services (including data integration services, domain registry services, linked data, linked data APIs, metadata catalogue, non-spatial data, rights management, self publishing. spatial data, spatial data APIs, spatial download service, spatial web services, and URL proxy management);

- Digital services (including environment.data.gov.uk and the community forum);

- Applications (including APIs and data acquisition, asset data requirements library, asset information, bathing water explorer, bathing water signage, bathing water widgets, catchment data explorer, drinking water, ecology and fish data explorer, flood warning widgets, hydrology, public registers online, rainfall demonstrator, Rural Payments Agency land parcels, spatial data visualisation, tide gauge readings, waste carriers brokers and dealers widget, and water quality data archive);

- Service management (including business continuity and disaster recovery, cyber security management, data governance, deployment management, infrastructure and platform management (hosting), ITIL v4 service management practices, knowledge management, performance reporting, product delivery, social value, software development, technical standards compliance, and user-centered services).

The contract management of the DSP is undertaken by the Environment Agency for and on behalf of Defra. As such, any reference to “Defra” shall be deemed to mean Defra or any body authorised to act on their behalf in relation to this service (e.g. Environment Agency, Natural England, Animal and Plant Health Agency, Marine Management Organisation, and Rural Payments Agency) and each Defra group organisation will be a named beneficiary of the services provided under the DSP3 contract.

two.3) Estimated date of publication of contract notice

11 October 2021

Section four. Procedure

four.1) Description

four.1.8) Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: Yes

Section six. Complementary information

six.3) Additional information

This notice and the associated prospectus are written and provided in good faith; Defra reserves the right to alter any aspect of this document, or to not proceed with the procurement in any way. This notice and the associated prospectus summarises certain aspects of the procurement but does not purport to contain complete descriptions of it, nor to be all inclusive or contain all the information that a prospective tenderer may require when determining whether to take part in this market engagement process. No representation or warranty, express or implied, is or will be made, and no responsibility or liability is or will be accepted by Defra or any of its advisors as to the accuracy, adequacy or completeness of the information within this notice and the associated prospectus. This notice and the associated prospectus are not intended to form the basis of any investment decision or other evaluation by the recipient(s) and does not constitute and should not be considered as a recommendation by any person. Defra shall not be liable for any costs or expenses of any prospective tenderer in relation to any matter in connection with this market engagement process, howsoever incurred.