The second annual Open Access award for the year 2012 instituted by the Electronic Publishing Trust for Development (EPT) went to Iryna Kuchma for her great contributions towards Open Access in the World.
Iryna is programme at EIFL-OA which is working for removing barriers to knowledge sharing. The blog post on OA award by EPT says that, “Since the establishment in 2003 of the EIFL-OA progamme, Iryna has been the first full-time programme manager, thus she is largely responsible for EIFL’s accomplishments in the field of Open Access”. Ms. Iryna’s achievements includes, establishment of more than 490 Open Repositories in the 45 developing and transition countries, development of more than 3,400 Open Access Journals and development of 34 OA policies in the EIFL regions. Please see here for all the achievements of EIFL-OA and the contributions of Iryna for the Open Access polices around the world.
The very first kind of this type of award for the developing countries was launched in year 2011 and the first award went to Dr. Francis Jayakanth of IISc, Bangalore, who was responsible for the ePrints@IISc, an institutional repository of Indian Institute of Sciences, Bangalore.
The EPT had also recognized the work of Susan Veldsman from South Africa with the award of a certificate of commendation for her advocacy and training work on Open Access in her region.
In the Open Access success stories column on ‘oastories.org‘, I found story of Dr. Melissa Terras. Few weeks back only I heard her podcast “Is blogging and tweeting about research papers worth it?” on University of Oxford’s Social Media Talks. I am very impressed by her talk and got all the answer to the questions which my colleagues and mentors have on the topics social networking, research and Open Access.
In the story, it is mentioned that the downloads of her paper on digital curiosities were doubled twice since the time she deposited and when she blogged and tweeted. Much of the researchers work is buried somewhere. If it is pushed into web via social networks it would reach to many and it would get due credit and also would have impact.
In the story, Dr. Melissa Terras says: ‘You can spend years producing a research paper, why would you not spend the time it takes to deposit it in Open Access repository, and the seconds it takes to share that copy online with as many people as you possibly can”