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D -- Development of classification software for the Exploratory Spatio-Temporal Analytic Toolkit (ESTAT)

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541990 — All Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
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Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute, Research Contracts Br., 6120 Executive Blvd. EPS Suite 600, Rockville, MD, 20852
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In accordance with simplified acquisition procedures The National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Cancer Institute (NCI), Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS), Surveillance Research Program (SRP) intends to procure on a sole-source basis with Pennsylvania State University, Department of Geography, 302 Walker Building, University Park, PA 16802-5011 for the development of a classification module for an Exploratory Spatio-Temporal Analytic Toolkit (ESTAT) specifically for cancer surveillance. The Surveillance Research Program (SRP) directs the collection and analysis of pertinent data in order to answer key questions about cancer incidence, morbidity, mortality, and cancer-related health status in diverse regions and populations in the United States. SRP provides leadership, through its Statistical Research and Applications Branch, in developing statistical methodologies appropriate for analyzing trends and for evaluating the impact of cancer control interventions as well as geographic, social, behavioral, genetic, and health care delivery factors on the cancer burden. Pennsylvania State University Geographic Visualization Science, Technology and Applications (GeoVISTA) Center developed the ESTAT module for the GeoVISTA platform which links (dynamically) a multivariate parallel coordinate plot with a map, a scatter plot and time series plot and permits interactive data exploration by the user. The new ESTAT module will add functionality to this tool so that it can be used to examine similarities and differences among places, e.g., U.S. counties, on the basis of user-specified covariates. The new module will be used to preprocess county information in order to identify ?peer counties?, counties expected to have similar cancer rates, for display in the NCI State Cancer Profiles web-based system for cancer statistics dissemination (http://statecancerprofiles.cancer.gov). The ESTAT module shall explore the similarity of geographic areas by displaying a hierarchical classification tree for up to 5000 geographic units and up to 100 attributes for these units. All U.S. counties shall be used, but the software should be generalized enough that the user could select counties or tracts within a single state as input. In addition to the graphical display, it should be possible for the user to download the output, e.g., a cluster identifier for each county. The module should allow differing algorithmic weights for the attributes and include in the attribute set the geographic location, e.g., latitude and longitude. For example, income might be weighted twice as much as education in one application; a high weight on the location variable would favor the assignment of spatial neighbors to the same cluster. The ESTAT module shall run efficiently on what is considered a typical desktop PC in 2005. The vendor should also provide recommendations for modifying a self-organizing map module for use in ESTAT. The Pennsylvania State University under the leadership of Dr. Alan MacEachren is the only known source to the NCI Researcher who can create this module. All development of the GeoVISTA platform and related software modules has been done by the staff of Dr. MacEachren?s GeoVISTA Center at Pennsylvania State University; they created the basic geovisualization software platform which is the basis for the ESTAT software module. This is not a solicitation for competitive quotations. However, if any interested party believes it can meet the entire above requirement, they may submit a statement of capabilities. All information furnished shall be in writing and must contain sufficient detail to allow the NCI researcher to determine if it can meet the requirements of this synopsis. An original and one copy of the capability statements must be received in the Contracting Office by 1PM EDT (local Washington, D.C. time) on July 28, 2005. Faxed and emailed capability statements are NOT authorized. All questions must be in writing and may be emailed to Debbie Moore at dm170b@nih.gov or faxed (301) 402-4513. It is the vendor?s responsibility to call (301) 402-4509 and verify that questions were received. A determination by the Government not to compete this proposed contract based upon responses to this notice is solely within the discretion of the Government. Information received will be considered solely for the purpose of determining whether to conduct a competitive procurement. In order to receive an award from the NCI contractors must be registered in the Online Representations and Certifications Applications (ORCA) in order to receive an award. Please refer to http://orca.bpn.gov in order to register. In addition, contractors must be registered in the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) www.ccr.gov. No collect calls will be accepted. NAICS: 541990; Size Standard is 6 million.
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