Africa Science Information Access Network is setup with the aim of developing a database for research equipment that is available in Africa for access or use by researchers. Although resources are not enough, there exist capable research facilities in Africa that are in use. Most of the facilities are managed by qualified and experienced staffs that support researchers to get good results. It is also true that some researchers do not have access to good facilities for research; even when what they need is not far from them. There is therefore the need to create a platform that will serve as a one stop shop for researchers and other high tech service users thus enabling users to know where they should go for whatever kind of research they are carrying out. The platform will help connect researchers of common interest and it will give graduate students an idea of what capabilities that exist in their research area. Though targeting academic research, the uses of this network will evolve with time.
At the start, the network will have a president (founder) and vice presidents for West and Central Africa, North Africa, East and Southern Africa. The network is registered in Nigeria and is expected to solicit funding from funding agencies globally. When fully developed, organizations will also be charged a moderate subscription fee to help run its operation. The network as a legal operating body is registered in Nigeria with the corporate affairs commission. The network has an office at the Benue State University Makurdi, Nigeria.