As is fondly said of many of the best British institutions, they seem able to punch above their weight. INASP's name itself certainly provides only a limited indication of the real scope of their work. Their basic mandate - providing access to electronic journals in the developing world - is not as simple as it sounds and requires five main areas of activity, very briefly:
- ICT training, including bandwidth management and optimisation, and associated online IT skills.
- Information delivery, negotiations with external publishers and the development of library consortia in-country.
- Library development, particularly surrounding digital collections, with long-term preservation and access.
- Open access, providing a platform for developing countries to publish their journals online and AuthorAID to provide support to individual researchers.
- Publishing support, facilitating websites that can host electronic publications created in developing countries.