The Electronic Publishing Trust (EPT) award for individual effort in support of open access to scholarly publications in the developing and emerging countries for 2013 has been bagged jointly by Madhan Muthu, Manager, Library and Information Services International Crops Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Patancheru, Hyderabad, India and Rosemary Otando, Systems Librarian, EIFL Country and Open Access Coordinator at the University of Nairobi Library, Kenya.
Hearty congratulations to the winners!
Madhan has been an active OA advocate and practitioner for more than a decade now. He has been instrumental in setting up number of OA repositories in the country. The most popular one being Eprints@CMFRI of the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) an establishment under Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR).
Madhan was also instrumental in initiating India’s first open access mandate at the National Institute of Technology Rourkela (NITR), in 2006. The OA policy at the NITR has ensured that every scholarly publication from the institute will be part of the NITR repository.
His advocacy for OA mandate has had an influence on OA mandates of other institutions in the country. For example, he has played a significant role in convincing the Directorate of Knowledge Management in Agriculture (DKMA) of the ICAR to adopt OA mandate.
Madhan has also played a very significant role in the OA mandate initiation at the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), a global partnership that unites organizations engaged in research for a food secure future.
Madhan’s efforts in setting up number of institutional repositories in various research organizations in the country will, to some extent, facilitate better visibility to research done in those organizations. His efforts will also serve as a catalyst for other institutes and organizations to facilitate OA to their scholarly literature.
He richly deserves being the joint winner of this year’s EPT award and I wish him many more laurels coming his way.
- Francis Jayakanth, JRD Tata Library, IISc