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State Water Department Seeks New Database

The California Department of Water Resources, which views education as a significant aspect of its mission, seeks a new database to further that area of work.

The state's water department wants to hear from IT vendors as it contemplates modernizing aspects of data storage.

In a request for quotation (RFQ) released Wednesday, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) seeks responses from vendors for a new Teacher Contacts Database. DWR is, per its website, charged with sustainably managing the state’s water resources with other agencies with the aim of benefiting residents and protecting, restoring and enhancing natural and human environments. Among the takeaways:
  • Part of DWR’s mission is to educate residents of all ages about water, including its origins, uses and conservation methods. The department offers a variety of resources to lower division teachers, as well as parents, scout leaders and “non-formal educators,” to encourage water education. Its free supplementary materials can be used for lesson development; available resources include real-time data, online games, local agency programs and training through the Project WET curriculum.
  • DWR seeks a new database for the contact information of California-based public, private and charter pre-kindergarten through 12th grade teachers, for a duration of three years. Specifically, the technology sought is digital asset management software as a service (SaaS). The database must include teachers’ names, titles, email addresses, schools or districts, mailing addresses, grades taught and subjects taught. Aside from teachers, the data should include counselors, principals, heads of schools, school administrators, and at the district level, directors of professional learning and/or curriculum, assistant superintendents and curriculum directors.
  • The contractor selected must provide unlimited access to this database throughout the contract. They must also provide weekly database updates. DWR’s responsibilities will include only allowing licensed users to use content and ensuring there is no sharing of user logins, as well as communicating with the contractor’s customer support on technical and administrative issues.
  • Responses are due by Nov. 29.
Theo Douglas is Assistant Managing Editor of Industry Insider — California.