Sixth SPARC Europe Award goes to eIFL.net

The eIFL Open Access Programme wins the sixth SPARC Europe Award for Outstanding Achievements in Scholarly Communications

Barcelona, June 30th, LIBER 40th Annual Conference
With the sixth Award SPARC Europe wishes to encourage the EIFL Open Access Program and its program manager Iryna Kuchma to continue the excellent work and to encourage other organizations to get inspired by EIFL’s approach and activities. SPARC Europe believes the EIFL Open Access Program sets a perfect example for colleagues who aim to take up advocacy work and run activities to take the Open Access Movement further.

SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) Europe initiated the Award in 2006 to recognize the work of an individual or group within Europe that has made significant advances in our understanding of the issues surrounding scholarly communications and/or in developing practical means to address problems within the current systems.

The 2011 SPARC Europe Award for Outstanding Achievements in Scholarly Communications goes to the eIFL Open Access Programme for the awareness, advocacy and capacity building activities the organisation has carried out over the last three years and for its success in developing a large number of both repositories and open access journals run in the EIFL partner countries.  

EIFL is an international not-for-profit organization enabling access to knowledge for education, learning, research and sustainable community development in more than 45 transition and developing countries including 17 countries in Europe as well as Africa and Asia.

To date, eIFL-OA activities in Europe include:

  • The organization of 30 awareness raising, advocacy, and capacity building events from 2005-2011;
  • Support and mentoring of national and institutional OA advocacy campaigns targeted at research communities;
  • Funding for small grants to support open access publishing initiatives in Lithuania and Serbia; and
  • The coordination of the OpenAIRE Project, an EU funded project, in 10 European countries.

The results of this work can be seen in the development of 211 OA repositories and 2,344 OA journals in the EIFL partner countries in Europe and in the adoption of OA mandates by ten institutions in the EIFL partner countries in Europe, as well the implementation and consideration of national OA policies in Lithuania, Poland, and Slovenia.

Please visit http://www.eifl.net/openaccess for more information.

Emilija Banionyte, Bas Savenije

Emilija Banionyte (on behalf of eIFL-OA), Bas Savenije

With the sixth Award SPARC Europe wishes to encourage the EIFL Open Access Programme and its programme manager Iryna Kuchma to continue the excellent work and to encourage other organizations to get inspired by EIFL’s approach and activities. SPARC Europe believes the EIFL Open Access Programme sets a perfect example for colleagues who aim to take up advocacy work and run activities to take the Open Access Movement further.

SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) Europe initiated the Award in 2006 to recognize the work of an individual or group within Europe that has made significant advances in our understanding of the issues surrounding scholarly communications and/or in developing practical means to address problems within the current systems.

Previous winners are:

  1. Wellcome Trust, 2006
  2. SHERPA, 2007
  3. Mr Leo Waaijers, 2008
  4. Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), 2009
  5. CERN (particularly for their role in the SCOAP3 Project), 2010
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