RDN Timeline

Debra Hiom provides a timeline of the RDN's development, which accompanies her main article.

  • January 1994 - ESRC funds SOSIG as a pilot project - return to text
  • June 1994 - SOSIG subject gateway demonstrator goes live with 300 records
  • Spring 1995 - EEVL, OMNI and SOSIG awarded funding under the eLib Programme: Access to Networked Resources. Also fund the development of ROADS (Resource Organisation And Discovery in Subject-based services) return to text
  • November 1995 - OMNI launches pilot service
  • September 1996 - EEVL launches pilot service
  • July 1998 - Launch of Internet Detective tutorial
  • August 1998 - JISC announce plan to develop a national Resource Discovery Network to build on the work of the eLib-funded projects - return to text
  • August 1999 - Humbul becomes part of the RDN
  • October 1999 - PSIgate service awarded funding from JISC - return to text
  • November 1999 - EEVL incorporated resources from AERADE (the gateway to quality aerospace and defence resources based at Cranfield University)
  • November 1999 - Launch of the RDN at the TUC Hall in central London - return to text
  • January 2000 - Virtual Training Suite awarded funding under the JISC Learning and Teaching (5/99) Programme
  • February 2000 - SOSIG (re-)launched at the National Institute of Social Work offices in London
  • July 2000 - Launch of first eleven Virtual Training Suite tutorial
  • August 2000 - Humbul officially launches production service
  • November 2000 - BIOME service launched at the Royal Society in London - return to text
  • August 2001 - Subject Portals Project begins
  • May 2001 - ALTIS and GEsource service awarded funding
  • May 2001 - 27 additional subject-based tutorials launched under the Virtual Training Suite
  • Autumn 2001 - EEVL (re-)launched as RDN gateway to engineering, maths and computing resources.
  • September 2001 - PSIgate launched at the Central Laboratory for the Research Councils at Daresbury, Cheshire
  • August 2002 - MedHist gateway provided by the Wellcome Trust added to BIOME
  • May 2002 - Eleven FE tutorials added to the Virtual Training Suite
  • August 2002 - Virtual Training Suite moves from project status to become part of the RDN service
  • September 2002 - Artifact service awarded funding
  • October 2002 - RDN Case Studies launched
  • Summer 2003 - BioEthicsWeb gateway provided by the Wellcome Trust added to BIOME
  • March 2003 - ALTIS service launched at the Sea Life Centre in Birmingham
  • August 2003 - JISC Review of RDN Completed
  • September 2003 - GEsource launched at the Royal Geographical Society Annual Conference
  • October 2003 - ADAM records incorporated into Artifact
  • November 2003 - Artifact dual launch at Manchester Art Gallery and London Institute Gallery
  • November 2003 - RDN Executive moves to University of Manchester
  • January 2004 - First meeting of new RDN Board of Management
  • Oct 2004 - Caroline Williams appointed as RDN Executive Director
  • June 2005 - RDN Virtual Training Suite launches five free tutorials for adult learners
  • February 2006 - RDN announce upcoming changes to the service - return to text
  • July 2006 - official launch of new Intute service
Date published: 
Sunday, 30 April 2006
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