It is with immense sadness that we learned of the passing of Alberto Cabezas, the Executive Secretary of LA Referencia.
Alberto was a colleague to many in both the Latin American and international repositories community and it is a great loss to the repository movement. A remarkable individual with a great humour and sense of life, Alberto was based in Santiago, Chile and worked for LA Referencia as the Executive Secretary and was admired and respected in his field.
In recent years he joined the OpenAIRE community, working on the international aspect of OpenAIRE, making a most valuable bridge for open science to Latin America. Many of us got to know him professionally and personally. Anecdotes are flooding in about warm times spent working on his open access cause, mixing his energy for life with a passion and commitment for his job, including the valuable contribution he made to interoperability of infrastructures and scholarly networks.
Open Science has only gained from Alberto. We will miss him! Our deepest sympathies to his family and loved ones.
September 25 2020