Research Information and Digital Literacies Coalition

The RIN has been co-ordinating the development of the Research Information and Digital Literacies Coalition (RIDLs): a coalition of partners working together to promote the value of information and research data literacy for academic researchers; and to enable activities which help to advance this knowledge and skills. The idea is to bring together players from different constituencies and professional groups which each provide distinctive perspectives to this area. The RIDLs aims and objectives can be found below, along with a flyer setting out the rationale for the initiative.

The medium of a coalition provides a means of working collectively to capitalise on these varied outlooks and thereby to provide a rounded and cohesive view on challenges to be addressed. The partnership approach is crucially important; the different bodies that are associated with the initiative include library representative organisations (SCONUL, RLUK, CILIP and the Special Libaries Association), as well as BAILER, the British Library, the Digital Curation Centre, the Higher Education Academy, JISC, Jorum, the UK Council for Graduate Education and Vitae.

RIDLs was established in June 2012 under the chairmanship of Professor Pam Denicolo (Universities of Surrey and Reading). The initiative was made possible through the provision of a grant from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), which was secured initially for one year (June 2012 – May 2013) to establish a proof of concept – i.e. to ascertain whether the advancement of such a partnership represents a useful and viable proposition for the future. This phase 1 of the programme has now been successfully completed, and full information, including a report of achievements over the period, can be found here.

In November 2013, funding was secured from HEFCE for phase 2 of the programme, which runs from January to December 2014. This is set out in detail in the attachment below. The renewed programme, which builds on the foundations laid during 2012-13, is articulated around four strands of activity:

  • Strand 1 – sustaining and expanding RIDLs as a viable coalition: this will involve reviewing the way that RIDLs functions and, if appropriate, formalising its membership and accountability structure. Further details here.
  • Strand 2 – using the RIDLs criteria to support the development of information and data literacy training resources: a key output of phase 1 of the programme was a set of criteria used to describe, review and evaluate information literacy training interventions. The aim now is to further promote these criteria across the HE sector, encourage their use and investigate whether and how they might serve as a basis for a service to help institutions develop their IL training capacity. Further details here.
  • Strand 3 – transferability of information and data literacy beyond HE: this will investigate and consider how information-related skills and know-how acquired in the context of HE might relate to the needs and expectations in realms beyond HE. Engagement and consultations are being initiated with organisations such as professional bodies, accreditation agencies and employers’ organisations. Further details here.
  • Strand 4 – international outreach: identifying further opportunities for collaborations beyond the UK, and building on links established during 2013 with organisations such as UNESCO and IFLA. Further details here.

Updates will be posted on these pages as RIDLs develops. In the meantime, please contact [email protected] if you would like further information, or if you wish to become involved.

RIDLs aims & objectives

RIDLs flyer

RIDLs 2014 programme


Last updated: 7 January 2014