Ina Smith specialises in the adoption of open science and open access publishing in the global South, with specific emphasis on Africa. She holds a Masters’ Degree from the University of Pretoria in Computer Integrated Education, a Higher Education Teaching Diploma, and an Honours Degree in Library and Information Science. She has vast experience working in open access during her employment at the Univ. of Pretoria and Stellenbosch University in repositories, journal publishing and conference publishing. She is currently employed as a planning manager at the Academy of Science of SA, where she is working on a DST/ASSAf/ICSU/CODATA project for an African Open Science Platform. She is also a DOAJ Ambassador for the southern Africa region. In 2014 she received the LIASA President’s Acknowledgement for Exceptional Contribution (2014), in 2011 she was a Runner - up in the international EPT Award for Open Access, and in 2016 she was awarded LIASA Librarian of the Year. She has a keen interest in the research process in general, and are actively promoting all to become digital citizens and to remain lifelong researchers and self - learners. Translating difficult concepts into digestible format for researchers to integrate into their day to day work a passion of hers.