Championing equitable access in Latin America –  Hola Arturo

The Global Access Program (GAP) is DataCite’s initiative to improve access and enable communities in lesser-represented regions to further benefit from our open infrastructure services, launched with support from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (Grant 2022-316573). Throughout the next year, the program builds out DataCite’s international community with regional support and engagement in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Through focused regional engagement in these regions, DataCite will better support equitable access to our infrastructure services, ensuring that researchers and research organizations globally have the opportunity to benefit from persistent identifiers and metadata. 

Hola, everyone! My name is Arturo, and I recently joined the DataCite team as a Regional Engagement Specialist for Latin America.

I am an Open Science, Wikis, and preservation enthusiast living in Mexico City, who loves taking long walks on the weekends. My background is in Library and Information Studies from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and I’m currently finishing my master’s studies in the same field.

Since February 2022, I have held a part-time position at PREreview as the Open Grant Reviewers Program Manager and Trainer. In this role, I have facilitated collaboration between the organization and the Open Research Funders Group (ORFG), leading the design and delivery of an Open Grant Reviewers mentoring and training program based on principles of equity, openness, and social justice.

Previously, I also served as the Deputy Director of Open Science Repositories at the National Council for Science and Technology of Mexico. There, we managed a portfolio of 108 projects to enhance Open Science capacities in over a hundred universities and research institutions. Through this work, we built a community of researchers, specialists, and developers committed to fostering open practices. 

For this new role at DataCite, in the context of the Global Access Program, I plan to focus on building strong relationships with stakeholders and communities in the region. My goal is to empower librarians, researchers, data stewards, as well as institutions, and organizations to adopt persistent identifiers, and to participate in the global research community in a more open and equitable way.

This new challenge is something truly special, as it provides an opportunity to apply all the experience and knowledge gathered over the past years, to engage and collaborate with the amazing community in Latin America, with the intention of finding common solutions and sharing knowledge, and to develop a more open and robust research infrastructure in the Latin-American region.