History of the RIN
The establishment of the RIN stems from the central recommendation of the Research Support Libraries Group Final Report, published early in 2003.
The Research Support Libraries Group (RSLG) was made up of senior representatives of the research community and of information providers, and was chaired by Sir Brian Follett, the former Vice Chancellor of the University of Warwick.
It found that while the existing providers of research information often worked in loose collaboration, they lacked the uniﬁed and strategic leadership required to pull together a national framework to meet the information needs of researchers. It recommended that a new body ? the Research Libraries Network (RLN) ? should be created to develop, prioritize and lead a UK-wide strategy for the provision of research information.
The RSLG stressed that the new organisation should work alongside existing bodies - including the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC), the major research libraries, data centres and others ? and that its success would depend on securing the cooperation of such bodies. There was some discussion after the RSLG report had been published as to the precise conﬁguration of the new organisation, and its relationships with existing providers.
In 2004 the sponsors of the RSLG ? the four UK higher education funding councils, the British Library and the national libraries of Scotland and Wales reached an agreement to set up what is now called the Research Information Network (RIN). The seven UK Research Councils were also asked, and agreed, to participate in sponsoring the RIN.
In February 2005, Dr Michael Jubb took up post as the RIN?s founding Director. Throughout 2005, a governance structure, along with an Executive Team, was put in place to ensure effective management and oversight.
Funding for the RIN was originally secured for a three year period, lasting until June 2008. Following a successful review of its early activities in 2007, the RIN was granted a second round of funding till mid-2011. The RIN?s work will be reviewed again during 2010 to assess its ongoing value and impact.