To better understand Cineca's role in MIUR activities, it is necessary to make a small leap in time: in 1989, in fact, a law was introduced (168/1989) which established the principle of autonomy for universities.
From that moment on, the individual university institutions were able to issue their own statutes to regulate financial, educational, organizational and research aspects.
The same law also provided that the Ministry assumed control functions on the planning of university development and on the allocation of resources, while coordinating on the other hand the university and research system with other national and international bodies.
In order to carry out those tasks, the Ministry had to equip itself with information systems to supervise the management of universities and research activities.
By virtue of its institutional role, and due to its strong competences already provided to the world of research through supercomputing, Cineca was chosen to carry out this important support activity through the management of databases and services for integration, exchange, certification and storage of information, helping the ministry from the earliest stages of the dematerialization process with the transition from paper to bits.