The future of the RIN
The RIN has since 2005 built up an enviable reputation for high-quality analysis of key developments in scholarly communications. In a rapidly-changing environment, we focus on:
- how researchers are making use of new information resources and services;
- changes in the roles and responsibilities of information service providers; and
- the policy implications of those developments.
Our major funder to date has been HEFCE. In the light of the cuts to HEFCE’s budget, that funding will cease at the end of December 2011. We are therefore building new partnerships with a range of organisations including the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), Research Libraries UK (RLUK), the International Network for the Availability of Scientiﬁc Publications (INASP) and others to enable us to sustain the RIN’s work into the future. We are also joining with other organisations in submitting bids for funding for speciﬁc projects from a range of funding sources.
We are establishing ourselves as a company, and plan to move our ofﬁces to the ACU at the end of this year. We are interested in working with any organisation, in the UK and beyond, with interests relevant to ours and who wish to join with us in pursuing our key objectives of rigorous and scholarly analysis to help
- enhance understanding of research information resources and services, and how they are used; and
- promote the development of effective and sustainable policies, strategies and services for the beneﬁt of research and researchers both in the UK and the rest of the world.