Mandate and Mode of Operation
In November 2013, the Joint Science Conference resolved to establish a “Council for Information Infrastructures” for an initial pilot phase of four years. The task of the Council is to increase the level of transparency of developments and processes in the area of information infrastructures and support the development and communication of German positions in European and international debates.
Its composition reflects the consideration that “the future of scientific information infrastructures is a joint task to be carried out by institutions providing the infrastructures, scientific users, funding bodies, and related national and international stakeholders.” The Council is composed as follows to ensure equal participation:
- 8 representatives of scientific users from a wide range of scientific disciplines;
- 8 representatives of providers of information infrastructures who cover the entire range of the science system;
- 4 representatives of the German federal and state governments;
- 4 representatives of the public.
The first 16 representatives are appointed in a procedure similar to the German Council of Science and Humanities (Wissenschaftsrat). The other 8 representatives are nominated by the Joint Science Conference.
The plenum meets 2-3 times annually. Working groups and committees deal with specific issues from the Council´s work programme (see Projects).
Administrative support for the RfII is provided by a Head Office financed jointly by the German federal and state governments. In a competitive process, the University of Göttingen was awarded the task of hosting the Head Office. The Head Office was established on 1 November 2014 as a staff unit under the auspices of the Presidential Board of the University based on an administrative arrangement with the State of Lower Saxony.