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Request for Proposals (RfP) For HTML5 Case Studies

About this RfP

This call is now closed.

UKOLN invites proposals for HTML5 case studies and demonstrators which describe best practices and scenarios for making use of HTML5 and related Open Web Platform standards for supporting activities of relevance to those working in the higher and further education sectors.

A sum of up to £5,000 is available for each accepted submission (although note that the sum available for those based outside the UK may be less than this due to VAT complexities - please get in touch to discuss if this is a concern). Accepted proposals must agree to provide final case studies by 16 September 2011.


The proposals should address new features of the emerging HTML5 standards (e.g. canvas; geo-location; local storage; video; form fill; etc.) or related standards which form part of the W3C's Open Web Platform such as the CSS, DOM, MathML, etc.

Application areas might include, but are not restricted to benefits to institutional Web site (e.g. SEO benefits or enriched functionality); teaching and learning applications (course lectures delivered via video, audio, etc.; lab notebooks); research applications (e.g. articles, series, journals; books; table of contents; bibliography; citation); multi-channel access; etc.

The proposals should also describe how the work was implemented and the ways in which the new functionality was (or could be) implemented in a real-world context of legacy browsers; possible lack of development tools; etc.


Case studies must be made available under a Creative Commons licence. If accompanying code is provided this should be made available under an appropriate Open Source licence.

Your Commitments

Please be aware that if your proposal is accepted you will have the following responsibilities. You will agree to:

  • Provide the necessary information required to facilitate payments
  • Respond to any addition requests provided by the evaluators in response to your initial proposal.
  • Provide a more detailed structure for the case study if not included in proposal.
  • Provide a draft version of the case study for reviewing and respond to any suggestions provided.

Evaluation Criteria

The proposals will be evaluated by staff from UKOLN and the JISC based on:

  • Conformance with the requirements (20%)
  • Evidence of use of HTML5 and related technologies (20%)
  • Relevance of proposal to needs of the sector (20%)
  • Likely impact of the work (20%)
  • Appropriateness of the implementation strategies (20%)

In addition the evaluators will seek to ensure that a broad range of areas are covered in the accepted proposals.


Submissions should be sent by email to by 18 July 2011. Submissions should include the following information:

Areas of use:
What problem is being addressed? What is being done differently?
Who is the target audience of the work.
How was solution developed:
What tools were used? What development work was carried out?.
Addressing challenges:
How various challenges, such as browser issues, were addressed.
Lessons learnt:
What might be done differently next time.
What impact has the work had?
Details of the deliverable:
What format and likely size of deliverable will you provide (e.g. document; Web size; video; etc.)


Please note the following deadlines:

  • Deadlines for submissions: 18 July 2011
  • Notification of acceptance: 22 July 2011


If you have any queries feel free to contact Brian Kelly by email to or phone 01225 383943.

Successful Case Studies

The following case studies were funded:

  • Semantics and Metadata: Machine-Understandable Documents, Sam Adams
  • The Common Web Deign, Alex Bilbie
  • 3Dactyl: Using WebGL to Represent Human Movement in 3D, Stephen Gray
  • Reimplementation of the Maavis Assistive Technology Using HTML5, Steve Lee
  • Visualising Embedded Metadata, Mark MacGillivray
  • WordDown: Wird to HTML Conversion Tool, Peter Sefton
  • Challenging the Tyranny of Citation Formats: Automated Citation Formatting For HTML5, Peter Sefton
  • Conventions and Guidelines for Scholarly HTML5 Documents, Peter Sefton