EIFL Open Access programme wins SPARC Europe Award

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EIFL (http://www.eifl.net) is an international not-for-profit organization dedicated to enabling access to knowledge for education, learning, research and sustainable community development in 47 transition and developing countries in Europe, Asia and Africa (Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Estonia, Georgia, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Ukraine.

The EIFL Open Access (OA) programme has been chosen as the winner of the 2011 SPARC Europe Award for Outstanding Achievements in Scholarly Communications for for its success in developing open access journals repositories and advocacy, capacity building and raising awareness efforts over the last three years.

“It is a great honour for EIFL to receive the sixth SPARC Europe Award. We embraced the open access movement from the beginning when we signed on to the Budapest Open Access Initiative a decade ago. It is gratifying that our efforts have been recognized by the international community. We are fortunate to have Iryna Kuchma, a passionate open access advocate, managing the EIFL-OA Programme,” said Rima Kupryte, EIFL Director. “We are also grateful to the Open Society Foundation Information Program who have supported our work on open access throughout this time.”

In the past three years EIFL-OA:

  • conducted 40 awareness raising and training events
  • enrolled participants from over 50 countries
  • has advocated  for OA policies and mandates by institutions and governments both nationally and internationally.

EIFL partner countries in Europe :

  • use 210 open access repositories
  • more than 2,340 OA journals
  • ten higher education institutions have newly adopted open access mandates
  • hundreds of library professionals, scholars, educators and students became open access advocates.

About the SPARC Europe Award:  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. http://www.sparceurope.org/

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eIFL.net,  an international, non-profit, Europe based and globally networked organization founded in 1999 is form with an aim to work with world libraries to help ensure sustainable and quality digital information access to citizens in developing and transition countries. Some of the most significant eIFL.net initiatives include advocating for purchasing consortia (commercial e-journals for academic and research libraries in Central and Eastern Europe) resulting in forming a partnership with over 45 developing and transition countries in Africa, Asia and Europe.  Another initiative of this organization relates to a range of programms and initiatives that increase access to knowledge, such as Access to Knowledge for Education, Learning and Research (consortium management, e-resource licensing, open access, copyright for libraries, and free and open software for libraries) and Access to Knowledge for Sustainable Livelihoods (innovative public libraries initiatives, Public Library Innovation Program or PLIP.

eIFL.net participates in the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), the making forum related to WSIS (World Summit on the Information Society). It is attended by over 1200 participants from over 100 countries. eIFL has co-hosted a workshop on “Why we need an Open Web: Open Knowledge Governance for Innovation” (September 17).

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