The project OPERAS-P (Open Scholarly Communication in the European Research Area for Social Sciences and Humanities – Preparation), which kicked-off in early October in Poland, received funding of approximately 2 millions euros by the European Commission in the Horizon 2020 framework. This two-year project will support the development of OPERAS, the European Research infrastructure for open scholarly communication in the Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH).
As part of this development, OPERAS-P’ objectives are to:
- support OPERAS application to the ESFRI roadmap,
- start the implementation of innovative services,
- support the expansion of the consortium.
This work will also enable OPERAS to become a legal entity as an AISBL incorporated in Brussels.
The preparation of the infrastructure will entail implementing a network of services supporting researchers’ needs, outreach, advocacy and innovation in the open scholarly communication ecosystem. The implementation of innovative services will address the development of transnational access to publication services, based on the adoption of common standards, the interoperability between publishing services and bridging towards the EOSC portal.
The consortium of the infrastructure currently consists of nine core group members and 40 partners in 16 countries. DARIAH ERIC is a partner in this project.
Role of DARIAH in OPERAS-P
DARIAH will support the development of OPERAS by:
- sharing its experience to gather and create the necessary documentation to submit a new ESFRI application for OPERAS.
- contributing in building transnational access to publication services. This will be achieved through the definition of components of an inclusive registry of scholarly communication services, the design of a dynamic communication and networking framework, open to users from different locations and diverse communities of practice, and the application of common standards to partners’ publication platforms, in light of the OPERAS prospective integration into the EOSC.
- working on the redevelopment of DOAB, the directory of open access books, as a central service of OPERAS.
- contributing to a report on quality assessment of innovative research in SSH.