[Irtalk] Congratulations to Iryna Kuchma and Susan Veldsman!

Elsabe Olivier Elsabe.Olivier at up.ac.za
Thu Feb 14 19:29:40 SAST 2013

Electronic Publishing Trust for Development's 2nd Annual Award for
individual effort in support of Open Access

The Electronic Publishing Trust for Development (EPT [i]) is pleased to
announce the winner of its 2nd Annual Award in recognition of the effort
made by individuals working in the developing and emerging countries in
the furtherance of Open Access (OA) to scholarly publications. The panel
of 5 EPT Trustees unanimously agreed that the Award should be made to
Iryna Kuchma, Ukraine. Iryna is the Programme Manager of the EIFL-OA
Programme [ii] (Electronic Information for Libraries), that advocates
nationally and internationally for the adoption of OA policies and
mandates and provides training and support in the establishment of
appropriate activities. In this capacity Iryna has achieved astonishing
results, far beyond any expectation. 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 EIFL¹s accomplishments in
the field of Open Access, which include:

* The establishment of more than 490 Open Repositories in the 45
developing and transition countries which form the EIFL region of work 

* The development of more than 3,400 Open Access Journals in the EIFL

* The development of 34 OA policies in the EIFL region (for a list of
the policies which have been adopted, please

Iryna first became engaged with the OA movement in 2002 while working in
the Ukraine for the Soros Foundation and has subsequently, in addition
to the highly productive EIFL-OA work listed above, become EIFL
representative on many OA initiatives, such as the EU¹s OpenAIRE [iii]
project to provide infrastructure support across the EU countries, where
Iryna covers the Middle and Eastern EU nations; or serving on the IFLA
[iv] <http://epublishingtrust.net/ept-2nd-annual-oa-award/#_edn4> OA
Task Force. The Electronic Publishing Trust for Development received
some eighteen nominations from four continents. The sheer range of
activities and the strong sense of purpose and commitment shown by all
the nominees, in all sorts of circumstances and roles made it very hard
to judge a winner. It also reinforced our wish to recognise the work of
so many unsung champions of the OA movement.

The EPT is also very pleased to announce that the panel wished to
recognise the work of Susan Veldsman, South Africa, with the award of a
certificate of commendation. She has been responsible for much advocacy
and training work in her region. We are happy to provide this
certificate of special recognition to Susan for all her efforts in the
progress of OA. She is the manager of the SciELO-SA [v]
<http://epublishingtrust.net/ept-2nd-annual-oa-award/#_edn5> programme
(an excellent example of south-south collaboration ­ between Latin
American countries and South Africa). Susan has also been responsible
for setting up an Institutional Repository, has been involved in
training, and conference organisation throughout southern Africa and ­
in addition to the activities of many other excellent nominations
received by the EPT ­ has contributed to many advocacy initiatives. It
can be seen that both Iryna Kuchma and Susan Veldsman have made highly
significant contributions to the progress of global and open access to
knowledge, covering the areas of advocacy, policy developments,
mandates, OA journals and OA repositories, training, best-practice and
infrastructure support. Their work has undoubtedly made an enormous
difference to the free and fair access to scholarly knowledge across the
world and the EPT is proud to acknowledge their Contributions.

We anticipate an Award ceremony will be held in the near future and will
announce this subsequently through the EPT Blog

Very many congratulations to Iryna and to Susan.


[i] <http://epublis
hingtrust.net/ept-2nd-annual-oa-a[ii] <http://epublishingtrust.net/ept-2nd-annual-oa-award/#_ednref2>
EIFL-OA programme ­ http://www.eifl.net/openaccess

[iii] <http://epublishingtrust.net/ept-2nd-annual-oa-award/#_ednref3>
OpenAire programme ­ http://www.openaire.eu/

[iv] <http://epublishingtrust.net/ept-2nd-annual-oa-award/#_ednref4>

- http://www.ifla.org/ <http://www.ifla.org/>

[v] <http://epublishingtrust.net/ept-2nd-annual-oa-award/#_ednref5>
SciELO-SA- http://www.scielo.org.za/

Elsabe Olivier 
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