History

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[last updated: 2001.7]

October 1973A proposal is made to achieve an "Improvement of a Distribution System for Academic Information" in the Third Report (Basic Policies for the Promotion of Scholarship) of the Science Council.
November 1978An inquiry entitled "A New Plan for Academic Information Systems" is placed before the Science Council by the Minister of Education, Science, Sports and Culture. The Science Council responds in January 1980.
May 1976The Research Center for Library and Information Science (RCLIS) is established at the University of Tokyo.
April 1983The Center for Bibliographic Information is established at the University of Tokyo. (This involves reorganizing the Center for Information and Library Science.)
December 1984The Catalog Information Service is started.
April 1986The National Center for Science Information Systems (NACSIS) is established. (This involves reorganizing the Center for Bibliographic Information, University of Tokyo.)
April 1987Operation of Science Information Network and Information Retrieval Service (NACSIS-IR) is started.
April 1988The Electronic Mail Service (NACSIS-MAIL) is started.
January 1989The Science Information Network is linked to the National Science Foundation (NSF), U.S.A.
January 1990The Science Information Network is linked to the British Library (BL), U.K.
April 1992The Inter-Library Loan System (NACSIS-ILL) is started.
Operation of Internet backbone network service (SINET) is started.
November 1993Mutual utilization by Japan Information Center of Science and Technology (JICST) users and NACSIS users becomes possible via a gateway connection.
April 1994NACSIS-ILL is linked to the British Library Document Supply Centre (BLDSC).
October 1995An international connection is established, linking the Science Information Network to Thailand.
April 1996NACSIS-ILL System is connected with the National Diet Library (NDL).
March 1997International Seminar House for Advanced Studies (Karuizawa, Nagano Prefecture) is completed.
April 1997The Electronic Library Service (NACSIS-ELS) is started.
February 2000Operations move to building of National Center of Sciences (Hitotsubashi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo).


December 1997An Advisory Panel on a Core Institution for Scientific Research in the Information Field is established by the Ministry of Education, Science, Sports and Culture.
January 1998A proposal entitled "Promoting Computer Science Research" is published by the Science Council of Japan.
It calls for a core informatics research institution be established as an inter-university research institute.
March 1998The Advisory Panel on a Core Institution for Scientific Research in the Information Field issues its report.
April 1998The Core Institution for Scientific Research in the Information Field Coordination Office is established, and a committee is formed in May.
March 1999The Core Institution for Scientific Research in the Information Field Coordinating Committee issues its report.
April 1999The Core Institution for Scientific Research in the Information Field Preparatory Office is established, and a committee is formed in May.
July 1999The Core Institution for Scientific Research in the Information Field Preparatory Committee issues its interim report.
March 2000The Core Institution for Scientific Research in the Information Field Preparatory Committee issues its final report.


April 2000The National Institute of Informatics (NII) is established. (This involves the reorganization of NACSIS and assumption of its functions.)


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