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Winners of the Hewlett-Packard Scholarships

Hewlett-Packard Scholarships Scheme

APSR is delighted to congratulate the recipients of two Hewlett Packard awards, Dr. M.G. Sreekumar from India and Ms Edna Nyika from Tanzania. Hewlett-Packard generously offered to sponsor two participants from developing nations to attend the DSpace Users Group and related events in Sydney from the 31st January 2006. APSR has supplemented the scholarships to enable the winners to meet living and accommodation expenses while visiting Australia.

Dr. Sreekumar is presently the Librarian and Head, Center for Development of Digital Libraries at the Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode (IIMK) ( He has successfully conducted several nationwide training programs in the area of digital libraries and e-publishing and leads several national research projects in the area of science and technology. Dr. Sreekumar will be presenting current plans and progress in enabling 40+ top level Indian research and academic institutions to install and manage interoperable institutional repositories using DSpace.

Ms Edna Nyika is the National Coordinator for marine information management in Tanzania and Head of Information Services at the Institute of Marine Sciences of the University of Dar es Salaam. She is currently involved in ODINPubAfrica, a repository for electronic documents produced by members of African institutes in the field of oceanography and marine science. Ms Nyika will be presenting the experiences of the Institute of Marine Sciences in establishing ODINPubAfrica respository (based on DSpace) which acts as an archive for 25 African countries.

Th original announcement about the awards is below.

Hewlett-Packard has generously offered to sponsor two participants from developing nations to attend the DSpace Users Group and related events in Sydney from the 31st January 2006. The generous scholarships will apply to airfares, accommodation, and conference fees. The purpose of the Hewlett-Packard Scholarships scheme is to make the DSpace User Group accessible to worthy candidates who might not otherwise have been able to attend and present their projects.


Applicants for the Hewlett-Packard Scholarships will be judged on the following criteria:

  • ability to present at the User Group Meeting on a significant DSpace-related project

  • employed at an institution in a developing nation

Applications will be judged by the DSpace Sydney 2006 Program Committee.


Applicants should send a written application by email containing the following three elements:

  1. Description of proposed presentation for the DSpace User Group

  2. Short biographical description of the applicant

  3. Letter from applicant's institution in support of the application

Applicants should refer to the general call for proposals documentation when framing their presentation proposal.

Applications should be sent to by the 7th of December 2005. Successful applicants will be informed by the 9th of December.


The scholarships will be administered by the Open Repositories 2006 Event Management Committee.

Successful applicants will receive five nights accommodation (including breakfast), four days registration at Open Repositories 2006 (including lunch everyday and dinner on 31st January), and up to US$1500 towards return airfare to Sydney.

Accommodation and registration will be organised by the Event Management Committee on behalf of the Hewlett Packard Scholars.

Recipients of the Hewlett Packard Scholarships will be responsible for making their own air travel bookings and paying for their tickets. Up to $1500 will be reimbursed to the successful applicant's institution to cover actual travel expenses to Sydney.

For further information on the HP Scholarship Scheme, contact: