INASP-International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications, established by the International Council for Science (ICSU) in 1992 and registered as a UK charity in 2004, works with partners to support global research communication through innovation, networking and capacity strengthening, focusing on the needs of developing and emerging countries. INASP's current programme focus is the Programme for the Enhancement of Research Information (PERii).
In Latin America and the Caribbean, INASP works with the following partner countries: Bolivia, Cuba, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua. And has provided support for activities also in Ecuador, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Paraguay, among others.
Example of training and support activities:
- Bandwidth Management and Optimisation
- Dissemination of Electronic Resources
- Working together to support research
- Exemplar library visits
- End user training programme
- Monitoring and evaluation of electronic resources and usage
- Resources Awareness training workshop
A bibliometric study of Latin American countries supported by INASP 1996-2008 presents the findings of a collaborative study conducted by the Cuban Ministry of Higher Education, the National Center for Scientific Research and INASP.
In 2006, INASP supported Latindex in extending their training and support activities with the objective of increasing the quality and visibility of scholarly journal publishing in Latin American countries.
In 2007-8, INASP supported CLACSO to train trainers from Bolivia and Brazil for CLACSO´s institutional repository decentralization activities in those countries.
And more recently, the Latin America Journals Online (LAMJOL) is an initiative of INASP in partnership with Open Journal Systems (OJS). It started in 2011 to host journals from Nicaragua and Honduras. Today it hosts 10 journals and expects to add journals from Cuba.
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