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Library of Medicine Looking for IT Support:<@VM>NOAA Taps Raytheon Team for Supercomputer Project:<@VM>Courts Developing IT Contracts:

By Nick Wakeman

The National Library of Medicine in Rockville, Md., is looking for a variety of information technology support. Services needed include staffing for telephone information services, Web-site support, database development and maintenance, user support and information product development.

The services are needed for the library's clinical information services program that includes the Web site
ClinicalTrials.gov, which allows users to search for information on medical studies. The library also manages programs such as AIDS Clinical Trials Information Service and the HIV/AIDS Treatment Information Service.

The contract will be for one year with four option years. A request for proposals will be released Oct. 30.The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration awarded Raytheon Co. of Lexington, Mass., a $34 million contract to develop a research supercomputer. SGI of Mountain View, Calif., will provide the processing power for the computer.

The supercomputer will be used by the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory in Princeton, N.J., for climate and weather research and modeling. Projects to be undertaken include hurricane prediction, such as improving track forecasting accuracy, wind prediction, storm surges and changes in storm intensity. Other projects include improving regional projections of climate change and modeling deep ocean circulation.

The contract also has options that could boost its value to $67 million.The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts is developing contracts to buy computer, telecommunications and audio and video technologies. The contracts likely will be multiple award vehicles.

The agency, which provides support services to federal courts around the country, is looking for ways to use technology to facilitate and expedite courtroom proceedings and find alternative ways to cope with increasing work loads and expanding space requirements.

Services that the court wants to use include videoconferencing, evidence presentation and management systems and digital audio. The five-year contracts will be for hardware, software, installation, integration, training and program management.

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