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RFQ for LMCC Typology Crowdsourcing Software

The LMCC typology is a hierarchy of localization knowledge and skills necessary for the professional practice of localization management. Version 4 of the typology is comprised of seven dimensions, forty-three competency areas, and 276 unique skills. (See LMCC definitions for the meanings of key terminology related to dimensions, competencies, and skills.) We have developed our typology using the XMind Mind Mapping Software with a single paid sign-on. This software has been adequate for the early development of our typology. In 2020, however, we hope to open typology development to the industry at large using a crowdsourcing model. XMind and other mind mapping applications do not offer adequate functionality for this sort of community-built project.

The LMCC research team is therefore currently requesting quotes for the development of a LMCC typology crowdsourcing software. The development of this software would be funded by grant(s) and/or other sources of funding.

If you are interested in developing this software, submit a quote for the cost of development to abrandt@middlebury.edu. The deadline for quotes is Friday, February 14, 2020. Please see information below on the functionality required for this software.

Functionality requirements:

  • Cloud-based mind-mapping software to be hosted on servers of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey which allows users from around the world to register and contribute to typology development.
  • The mind-mapping software would present the typology according to the hierarchy of dimensions, competencies, and skills. Each dimension, competency, and skill would include the ability to incorporate features such as definitions and comments.
  • Users would be able to modify the typology by adding/modifying dimensions, competencies, and skills. Users would also be able to add/modify definitions of dimensions, competencies, and skills, and users could comment on the same.
  • Modifications to the typology would be voted up or down by the larger community.
  • The software would track changes to the typology over time, through which visualizations of hierarchical changes could be presented in a video-like format.

Submit quotes to Alaina Brandt at abrandt@middlebury.edu.

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