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Irene Onyancha

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Ms. Irene Onyancha is an Information Management Specialist with over 17 years of experience in the Information management and Library sciences field. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from the University of Nairobi, Kenya and a Masters in Information Management from the University of Sheffield, UK.

Ms. Onyancha has excellent knowledge and experience in information management principles and practices for both print and electronic information resources having worked in established national and international research organizations as well as the in the United Nations. Her work includes the development of the AgMES Namespace and the AGRIS Application profile (AGRIS AP), a Dublin Core metadata standard extension for exchange of agricultural information resources. She also has extensive experience in the development of Institutional Repositories, Open Access practices and capacity building activities in the area of Information Management in support of institutional Libraries and documentation centers across the African continent.

As the Chief of United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, Library, she is responsible for the development of the ECA Institutional Repository ( and is currently working on other projects geared towards strengthening knowledge availability, discovery and access from the African continent through the Access to Scientific/Socio-Economic Knowledge in Africa (ASKIA) initiative (