UKIRA is the
successor to Mapping Asia, a project originally funded by the RSLP (Research
Support Libraries Programme) to provide support for research on Asia,
the Middle East and North Africa by bringing together information about
the existence and availability of resources housed in university,
public or specialised libraries in the UK.
Asia Project ran from February 2000 to October 2002. The project's
purpose was to unlock "hidden" resources which had not previously been
easily accessible, to discover gaps in the coverage of the area
concerned and avoid unnecessary duplication of specialised
The UKIRA website is managed by the UKIRA Project Team, a sub group of NACIRA.
funding ended in October 2002, and subsequent support by SOAS and NACIRA ensures
that the information will contiue to be updated by the
In the creation of Mapping Asia the
original Project Team
collaborated with the following partner institutions: