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.