The range of Information services and products developed included:
(i) Bibliographic Search Services. This was one of the first services offered by the two projects on Regional Cooperation in Scientific Information Exchange in the Western Indian Ocean (RECOSCIX-WIO) and Central and Eastern Atlantic (RECOSCIX-CEA), which were the precursors to ODINAFRICA. At a time when access to the internet was very restricted, many experts had limited access to information on what studies had been done, and what publications were available in their fields of study. Users were initially provided this service from a Regional Dispatch Centre located at the Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute in Mombasa, Kenya. This later evolved to the provision of the Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstracts (ASFA) database on CDs to selected institutions, and ultimately online access to the databases.Currently most institutions have access to the internet, and also to ASFA and other similar databases
Several ODINAFRICA Marine Information Centres are currently input centres for the Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstracts (ASFA) database. These include the: Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute –KMFRI (Kenya), Centre de Recherches Oceanologiques – CRO (Côte d'Ivoire), Institut National des Sciences et Technologies de la Mer - INSTM (Tunisia), Direction des Peches Maritimes - DPM (Senegal), National Marine Information and Research Centre - NatMIRC (Namibia), Instituto Nacional de Hidrografia e Navegação - INAHINA (Mozambique), Institute of Marine Sciences - IMS (Tanzania), National Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries - NIOF(Egypt), and the Institut Mauritanien de Recherches Océanographiques et des Pêches - IMROP (Mauritania).
(ii) Document Request/Delivery Services: Document delivery was one of core services at the start of the project. Through a network of document suppliers’ worldwide, the project is able to access documents requested by users. The Limburgs Universitair Centrum (now called University of Hasselt) was the main document supplier and coordinated access to documents from other libraries. With the links developed with the member libraries of the International Association of Marine Science Libraries and Information Centres (IAMSLIC), the experts and institutions were gradually able to source documents directly from other marine institution’s libraries worldwide. A similar service was also available through the ASFA mailing list.
The ODINAFRICA library catalogues also provided a mechanism for inter library exchange of documents. ODINAFRICA institutions have also benefited from other initiatives to provide free or subsidized access to electronic publications such as: (i) Programme for the Enhancement of Research Information - PERI (www.inasp.info/PERI/), (ii) Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture – AGORA (http://www.aginternetwork.org/en/index.php), (iii) Online Access to Research in the Environment - OARE (http://www.oaresciences.org/en/), and (iv) Access to Research in Health Programme - HINARI (http://www.who.int/hinari/en/).
(iii) Literature Catalogues: ODINAFRICA aims at making library materials of the marine science libraries in Africa accessible locally through the creation of a collective catalogue of co-operating institutes’ library holdings. The databases were initially developed using the INMAGIC software. This was later converted to AgriOcean/DSpace and ABCD.The national catalogues were merged into a union catalogue and accessed online briefly. http://afrilib.odinafrica.org
ODINAFRICA also supported the development of an African Union list of Journals from information centers. The list, which currently has nearly 800 serial holdings, can be accessed through the IAMSLIC website: http://www.iamslic.org/unionlist/africa/index.php
ODINAFRICA also initiated the development of a Catalogue of Aquatic and Fisheries Publications from/about Africa, with more than 6000 records.
(iv) Document Repositories: The institutions participating in ODINAFRICA have participated in the development of a database of publications about marine and freshwater science in Africa (OceanDocs-Africa). The repository now has more than 1,800 records from Africa. These publications include books, journal articles, technical reports, theses, etc. The African records in the repository can be accessed at http://www.oceandocs.net/handle/1834/1337
(v) Directories of experts and institutions: The librarians of the ODINAFRICA institutions have collected information on marine and freshwater professionals and institutions in their countries for inclusion in the Global Directory of Marine and Freshwater Professionals (www.oceanexpert.org). The information includes addresses, fields of interests, recent publications and qualifications.The directory also contains information on marine related institutions. An effort has been made to update the information in the directories by requesting the marine information managers to edit/add records at http://ioc-africa.org/
(vi) ODINAFRICA Projects Database: The project database contains an inventory of national and regional Marine and Coastal Research projects in Africa.