As of July 2002, the Rare-earth Information Center (RIC) database is no longer updated. The closing of the RIC does not effect the operations of the Materials Preparation Center at Ames Laboratory, which continues to supply high purity materials to researchers worldwide.
The RIC was established at the Ames Laboratory by the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission's Division of Technical Information in January of 1966 to service the scientific and technological communities by collecting, storing, evaluating, and disseminating rare-earth information from various sources. In 1968, the support of RIC was transferred to Iowa State University's Institute for Physical Research and Technology through grants from the worldwide rare earth industry.
The RIC provided scientific and technical information concerning the rare earths to industry, government, universities, and individuals for more than thirty-six years. Support for the RIC has come from the Institute for Physical Research and Technology (IPRT), Ames Laboratory and contributions from industrial, academic and individual financial sponsors.
RIC Database contains over 100,000 references to information collected by qualified scientists from all available sources (books, journals, reports, conference notes, etc.). This information has been custom indexed by topics, chemical formulas and compositions to allow fast accurate searches tailored to the needs of the rare earth community. RIC maintains a file of the available references concerned with the metallurgy, solid state physics of metals and alloys, analytical, inorganic and physical chemistry, ceramics, technology, geochemistry, and toxicity of the rare earth elements and compounds. Furthermore, the personnel of the center have access to more than 1,000 journals and 400,000 U.S. Government reports available at the Iowa State University Parks Library.
The center published two newsletters.
The RIC News was a quarterly newsletter containing items of current interest concerning the science and technology of rare earths. Subscription to the RIC News was free.
The RIC Insight a monthly newsletter, contained more editorial comments, provocative opinions on the future directions of rare earths, later breaking news than the RIC News, and was slanted toward the technological and commercial aspects of the rare earth field. RIC Insight was available only to supporters of the center as a membership benefit.