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Request for Proposal for LGR Tool Set

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ("ICANN") is seeking a provider to design and develop software for creating, using and managing Label Generation Rulesets (LGRs) based on a new machine readable format based on the formal representation available at https://tools.ietf.org/html/draft-davies-idntables.

ICANN anticipates a contract to be signed and work to begin no later than May 5th 2015.

ICANN hosts a repository of language and script specific data through its IANA department which is used by registries to generate labels, generally known as IDN tables and now being referred to as Label Generation Rulesets (LGRs). A new machine readable XML-based format is currently being designed to organize and represent the LGR data. This format will also be used for the LGR for the Root Zone, for validating prospective top-level domain (TLD) labels and determining the variants of existing and prospective labels. The Root Zone LGR is currently being developed with the collaboration of various script communities (organized as script based Generation Panels).

ICANN intends to release this software with open source license for community use and also utilize it for internal operations.

For additional information and instructions for submitting responses please click here [ZIP, 994 KB].

Proposals should be submitted to LGRToolset-rfp@icann.org by 23:59 UTC on 5 April 2015.

RFP timeline at a glance:

Activity Dates
RFP released to participants on 19 March 2015
Participants provide their intent to bid 25 March 2015 by 23:59 UTC
Participants submit any questions to ICANN 25 March 2015 by 23:59 UTC
ICANN responds to participant questions by 31 March 2015
Participant RFP proposals due 5 April 2015 by 23:59 UTC
Preliminary evaluation of responses Week of April 6th
Target for participant presentations (finalists) Week of April 13th
Target for Final evaluations and selection of Provider (includes contracting and award to participant) Weeks of April 20th & 27th
Estimated start of implementation 5 May 2015

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