Paleonet: Fwd: FW: Smithsonian (NMNH) Seeks Contractor for Paleobiology specimen handling and data management services

Kathy Hollis hollis.kathy at
Tue Oct 22 18:47:08 GMT 2019

The Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History Department
of Paleobiology is seeking two contractors to assist with moving
collections, specimen rehousing, and specimen data collection and quality
control in the Cenozoic marine invertebrate collections. These collections
are being digitized as part of a multi-institution, multi-year project to
digitize and web-mobilize 1.6 million fossil specimens to document
ecological and evolutionary change in Eastern Pacific Invertebrate Cenozoic
Communities. The NMNH project leaders are seeking contractors to perform
the following tasks (see attached Request for Quotes with Statement of Work
for details):

●        Researching and recording data from specimen labels and archival
materials according to established protocols.

●        Identifying key information necessary for photography for specimen
trays according to established protocols.

●        Transcription of related archival materials for the creation of
digital datasets.

●        Data quality control services of designated spreadsheets created
through the mass digitization process.

●        Moving specimen drawers from the collections storage area to a
cleaning station.

●        Providing light cleaning and rehousing in preparation for

●        Staging at least three cases of cleaned/rehoused drawers in the
mass digitization area before the start of mass digitization work each day.

●        Putting away specimen drawers from the mass digitization area to
collections storage.

*Proposals will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. EDT, Friday November 8, 2019.
Proposals will be reviewed on the basis of best value for the money
considering multiple evaluation factors as defined in the attached RFQ.
Send proposals to Kathy Hollis via e-mail at hollisk at
<hollisk at>.  Follow the format set forth in section VIII of the RFQ
(attached) "Information to be submitted with quotes."*
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