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Judiciary Map – Interactive Website Development

Background 

DRI is a non-partisan, independent, not-for-profit organisation registered in Berlin. DRI promotes political participation of citizens, accountability of state bodies, and the development of democratic institutions worldwide.  

Our main office is headquartered in Berlin, but we run offices in 7 (seven) countries in the Middle East, Asia, and Europe. Through its re:constitution programme, DRI promotes exchanges and analyses developments on the rule of law in Europe. The Map of the Judiciary is an attempt to provide relevant analysis of rule of law issues in an accessible and comprehensible manner.  

 

Objectives of the request for quotations 

DRI is looking for a design agency to develop an interactive website, the Judiciary Map, showcasing research undertaken by DRI’s Europe Department. The website would help users (journalists, policymakers and academia) navigate a substantive compilation of research on the judiciary systems of European member states. Users would also be able to compare countries and quickly access information required for professional activities or research.  

 

A description of the Judiciary Map 

The problem 

Europe is a diverse continent - including when it comes to its legal systems. Ever since the establishment of a European legal framework, scholars and practitioners in the field have engaged in a thorough comparative analysis of the legal melting pot that is today’s Europe. A vast corpus of knowledge is available, but it is scattered across different legal documents, scholarly magazines, online sites and country rankings. Most resources tend to be specialized in nature and riddled with jargon, making them less accessible to people outside the legal community.  

The lack of a reference point compiling information that facilitates a comparative analysis of Europe’s judiciary systems is putting a dent in our capacity to hold nuanced and multifaceted debates on the topic. This is particularly important at a time when Europe is facing internal rule of law challenges and some politicians spread disinformation on the topic. Those seeking to denounce such manipulation or preserve the rule of law in the continent, including politicians, journalists and academia, must be ready to cite credible sources and provide arguments grounded in facts.  

The solution 

The Map of the Judiciary (alternative names: Judiciary Hub, Judiciary Info Hub, Library of Europe’s judiciary), produced by Democracy Reporting International (DRI), under the re:constitution project supported by Stiftung Mercator, will attempt to help both experts and professionals outside the legal field –particularly journalists and policymakers – make sense of Europe’s judicial jumble. Users will be able to access quickly and easily comprehensible data and analysis on the judicial systems of all EU Member States.  

By offering functionalities to compare information for different member states and quickly access data, the Map of the Judiciary equips politicians and journalists with facts and analysis that get them ready to hold nuanced and multifaceted debates on judiciary issues in Europe.  

The Map of the judiciary can also help policymakers working on judicial reforms. The tool allows them to compare judicial systems and models of governance, detect positive trends and challenges, and facilitate reporting. 

Services to be provided  

We are seeking an agency able to provide expertise in website development, UX/UI design, interactives, and data visualization with experience in working for the NGO sector. More specifically, the agency should provide the following:  

  • Develop a responsive website with an interactive map and good user experience targeted to our audiences 
  • Help in conceptualizing extensive research into a digital product  
  • Handle a large amount of content (each Member state’s analysis) 
  • Create 27 country profile pages with text, graphs, charts, tables, etc.  
  • Creating a backend so we can update some of the site’s content. 
  • Other functionalities of the product, as required (search functionality, possibility to compare judiciary information of different countries, a catalogue with filters, etc.) 

 

Selection criteria 

The selection of the provider will be based on the following criteria:  

  • Submission of the adequate quotation following the instructions outlined below; 
  • Being a company duly established either in Germany, the EU, or any other region as long as it is established under the laws of the country of its incorporation, and able to provide support during Central European Time (CET);  
  • Having a track record in developing digital products for NGOs and/or the private sector.  
  • Having developed a similar product will be an advantage.  
  • Possess working fluency in English. 

 

Submission of quotations 

The quotations should contain the following information about the bidding company:  

  • Please address all quotations to Albert Guasch, Communications Coordinator.  
  • Name, address, email, phone, website; 
  • Quote reference number
  • Company profile: years in business, years of experience, technical knowledge and experiences, number of employees, etc;  
  • Links to similar projects or to a portfolio of projects developed for other clients.  
  • A proposed lump sum for the project 
  • An estimated timeline for the project, which would ideally be somewhere between 2-3 months
  • Currency 

Invoicing and payments 

  • Payments shall be made in Euros (EUR);  

Subcontracting 

The service provider shall not subcontract without prior written authorisation from DRI nor cause the contract to be de facto performed by third parties. 

 

Submission of quotations 

The potential service providers should submit their quotations in English not later than 15 August 2022, end of day CET, with a subject line Quote Submission: Quotation – Judiciary Map, to the following e-mail [email protected]