Update: April 20, 2017
After the community consultation period was concluded at the end of 2016, all the data was provided to an evaluation committee that was selected by the Provost’s Office, and led by the University’s Procurement Services division. The ‘job’ of the committee was to rank the proponents and provide that ranking to the Provost, after which, negotiations would begin at the discretion of the Provost. As is required by the procurement process, all of this is treated with extreme confidentiality, in order to protect the integrity of the process. Since February, the University’s negotiating team, again under the direction of Procurement Services, has been hard at work, ensuring that the University’s needs and aspirations are being accounted for in any possible future contract. To reiterate, important considerations include price, interoperability, technical functionality, and access to our data.