Call for Offers

ASAM is looking for a service provider:

Call for Offers

P2020-07 ASAM OpenXOntology

Please send your offer by Aug 21, 2020 |  12:00 pm CET


ASAM calls for offers from service providers to support the ASAM project group for the development of the OpenXOntology standard. The support tasks for this project are subdivided into two items:

  1. Documentation

  2. Implementation

ASAM will accept offers that also encompass the separately published Upper Ontology Evaluation (Call for offers "Upper Ontologies")


2. Schedule

All offers for this are to be submitted to benjamin.engel(at) by 21st August, 2020 at 12:00 CET.


The project content will be presented in detail. This will include a Q&A session directly after to answer any questions you may have. Contact benjamin.engel(at) to obtain an invitation to this meeting.


Deadline for submission of offers.


Individual offer presentations to the project group. Each service provider will have a 30 minute slot to present their offer and expertise to the project group.


Final decision on service provider by the project group. This will allow the service provider to participate in the next project meetings planned for September.


3. Project Overview

The project proposal contains a detailed breakdown of the project.


The estimates for effort in man-days found therein are based on expert opinions and are intended to give an idea of the project group’s expectations. Additionally the proposal lists the maximum available budget for each of the sub-topics.


4. Service Provider Tasks

4.1. Documentation (technical)

The service provider will be expected to collate and, where necessary, rewrite all documentation relevant to the project deliverables. The expectation is that the content will be delivered by the project members, with the technical write-up being delivered by the service provider to ensure clarity of documentation and a homogeneous style throughout the documents. All documentation will be delivered in the AsciiDoc markdown format and maintained on the ASAM code repositories. Where possible, formatting & layout will be automated through the use of ASAM templates, see e.g. the project proposal for an example. The documentation is comprised of the following deliverable(s):


User Guide for the OpenXOntology including descriptions of the overall design, reused standards, differentiation against other OpenX standards. This includes guidelines:

  • on different tooling workflows that could leverage the OpenXOntology

  • for each OpenX standard on how to implement the OpenXOntology

  • on extending the ontology for application-specific use cases


The document will be reviewed by project group members via the ASAM code workflow. The service provider will incorporate feedback and changes into the documents as requested by the project group. This might be an iterative process. If possible, the service provider shall point out issues and open topics to the project group so the iterative review process can begin at an early stage.


4.2. Implementation

The deliverables in this subtask revolve around the implementation of an ontology for the mobility domain addressable by the ASAM OpenX standards. The architecture/upper ontology for the implementation will be decided by the core ontology group through a detailed evaluation of available upper ontologies (separate call for offers). Further details on how the core ontology leverages the initial upper ontology will be defined together with the service provider, thus active contributions by the service provider to relevant meetings is expected.


Content for the ontology - entities, definitions, relations will be delivered by the domain ontology project group. The implementation and documentation of this content will be the responsibility of the service provider.



  • Minimal working product (continually evolving over the project lifetime) that implements the domain model features defined in the Domain Ontology Group

  • Core OpenXOntology implementation based on the architectural decisions of the Core Ontology Working group

  • Model reference documentation for all ontology classes and properties


4.3. Meeting Attendance

This is included in the estimates for the effort above but mentioned here for clarity.


4.3.1. Project Level Meetings

To ensure good communication between the service provider and the project group participation in some of the full project meetings will be required. These are normally face to face and require travel to the hosted location. The project lead, ASAM office and service provider will jointly determine the need for attendance of the service provider, in some cases remote participation may be sufficient.


NOTE: Due to current restrictions from COVID-19, ASAM will not be holding any face to face meetings until further notice.


4.3.2. Workgroup Meetings

The service provider will need to be present in all the relevant working group meetings. These meetings will be identified with the project lead, ASAM Office and work group leads. These take place remotely.


5. Qualifications

It is expected that the service provider has:

  • High proficiency in technical English

  • Experience working with git-based & issue-driven workflows

  • Experience working with, documenting and designing application specific ontologies


6. General Conditions

Please note the following general conditions for the project.


The project is expected to end on Jul 30, 2021. It is expected that the service provider is selected by the beginning of September 2020 and joins the project for the next project meeting, taking place in September (exact date still to be determined).

  • The service provider must attend all necessary project group meetings.

  • Offers should preferably be fixed-price

  • In case a deliverable is found to be defective or not in line with customary industry quality standards, the service provider will be liable for correcting the respective deliverable.

  • Modification to deliverables, should they be required, will be jointly reviewed and the order adjusted accordingly

  • All work results of the project (including all source code) will be handed over to ASAM and will become the exclusive property of ASAM. If the general terms & conditions of the service provider contain rules that are in conflict herewith, then they must be identified and explicitly declared as invalid for this offer.

  • Offers have to be submitted in writing to ASAM within the above stated bidding period, including a clear description of the provided services and deliverables, terms & conditions, time period and costs for the service.

  • Please note that offers will be reviewed by the members of the project group, the Technical Steering Committee of ASAM and the ASAM Office. The project group members will receive all information on all offers to ensure a fair and transparent selection process.

  • Specific information on each service provider’s offers will not be shared with anyone other than the project group, ASAM TSC, ASAM BoD and ASAM office.

    • In some cases, where offers pertain to more than one project, the offers will also be made available to the other relevant project groups.

    • ASAM reserves the right to share these offers with further parties when deemed relevant.


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