The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) is looking for a contractor to serve as a “Trusted Broker” in purchasing data and streamlining the data acquisition process.

“The Geophysical Data Purchasing contract (GDP) will serve as an avenue for NGA to purchase off-the-shelf geophysical data from external sources in areas of the world where NGA currently has gaps in data coverage and will allow for the expansion of potential sources currently unknown to NGA,” according to the Feb. 1 solicitation on “NGA is placing a greater emphasis on off-the-shelf purchases of restriction-free geophysical and geologic data.”

The chosen contractor will be expected to provide services such as “data brokering, including search and proposal of additional dataset and data virus scanning.”

Additionally, the contractor must develop relationships with geophysical and geologic data holders, establish points of contact with data vendors, develop an understanding of data holdings and pricing, and use virus scan software to scan the purchased data.

“The desired data types include but not limited to: gravity data, magnetic data, seismic reflection data, soils data, hydrographic data, and well log data,” the solicitation says. “These types of data are useful in the modeling process and should be considered for purchase in addition to gravity data.”

Questions about the contract are due no later than February 10 and offers will be due on March 9.

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