The OPERAS distributed research infrastructure is supported by two running projects, funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation prorgramme. Two funded projects are already completed.
The OPERAS-PLUS project aims at supporting this process and the development of the infrastructure in its preparatory phase and on its way towards implementation. It will empower OPERAS to further
- Strengthen its governance structure in regard to financial, legal and human resources
- Support the network of national nodes and their national activities
- Develop the services portfolio providing both required technology and a monitoring
system for services development
- Maximise OPERAS’ impact in the ERA and at international level by extending it beyond its current scope and onboarding new members and countries in the infrastructure.
The OPERAS-PLUS project started on September 1, 2022, has a duration of 36 months and runs from September 2022 to July 2025 under Grand Agreement Number 101079608 (https://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/101079608). It receives funding from the Horizon Europe framework Infra-Dev in order to support new ESFRI research infrastructure projects in their preparatory phase . The body of work will stand in the continuity of work already realised in the former projects (OPERAS-D, OPERAS-P, HIRMEOS) and collaborate with the running projects COESO, TRIPLE, and DIAMAS, and soon with other projects to come in 2023.
OPERAS is pleased to participate in the Horizon Europe project called ‘Developing Institutional Open Access Publishing Models to Advance Scholarly Communication’ (DIAMAS), coordinated by OpenEdition, Aix-Marseille University. The 3-year project, which was awarded a grant of €3m, brings together 23 European organisations that will map out the landscape of Diamond Open Access publishing in the European Research Area and develop common standards, guidelines and practices for the Diamond publishing sector. The project partners will also formulate recommendations for research institutions to coordinate sustainable support for Diamond publishing activities across Europe. The main objective of the project is to deliver a Capacity Center for OA Diamond publishers to solve their main challenges.
In this perspective, OPERAS leads a work package dedicated to the building of this capacity centre which will provide through a common access point different toolkits, training, communication channels to improve the quality of Institutional Publishing Service Providers (IPSPs).
A variety of skills and expertise has been gathered to facilitate the work and reach the objectives. 23 organisations from 12 countries are working together in the DIAMAS consortium. Moreover, the DIAMAS project interacts closely with the global community of the ‘Action Plan for Diamond Open Access’ signatories to support Diamond Open Access Publishing.
The COESO project (Collaborative Engagement on Societal Issues) kicked-off on 19/20 January 2021. The 3-year participatory research project, funded by the European Commission through a Science with and for Society grant, and supported by the OPERAS research infrastructure, will serve as a meeting point between various European communities: the social sciences and humanities community, the citizen science community, as well as the open scholarly communication community. At the heart of the project are ten citizen science pilots, representing a variety of social sciences and arts disciplines, societal challenges and types of engagement with citizens in different European countries. They address specific societal issues: mass tourism, education and gender, resilient societies, fight against crime, societal changes and migrations.
The TRIPLE project was launched in October 2019. The project is financed under the Horizon 2020 framework with approx. 5.6 million Euros for a duration of 42 months. At the heart of the project is the development of the TRIPLE platform, an innovative multilingual and multicultural discovery solution.will provide a single access point for users to discover and reuse open scholarly SSH resources, i.e. research data and publications and to connect with other researchers.
We warmly welcome our 18 consortium partners from 12 European countries:
- CESSDA ERIC – NO (UL-ADP (SL), UTA-FSD (FIN), UKDS (UK))
- CLARIN ERIC – NL
- CNR – IT
- CNRS (Huma-Num and OpenEdition) – FR
- Coimbra University – PT
- DARIAH ERIC – FR
- EGI – NL
- EKT – GR
- IBL PAN – PL
- Know-Center – AT
- Lexical Computing – CZ
- Max Weber Stiftung – DE
- MEOH – BE
- Net7 – IT
- Nuromedia – DE
- OAPEN – NL
- Open Knowledge Maps – AT
- The University Court of the University of Abertay Dundee – UK
The consortium works in close cooperation with other European infrastructures, in particular CESSDA, CLARIN, DARIAH and EGI. The project will first produce a report on user needs. In the following months, TRIPLE will continue working on co-design and user research and on its innovation, exploitation and sustainability strategy. After and in parallel to the acquisition and categorization of data, integration and the building of the TRIPLE platform will take place. The project’s final goal is to integrate the discovery solution into the EOSC marketplace.
TRIPLE is coordinated by Suzanne Dumouchel (Huma-Num), Co-coordinator of OPERAS and DARIAH Partnerships and Public Affairs Officer.
OPERAS Past Projects
The OPERAS-P project supported OPERAS, furthering the development of the infrastructure in view of achieving the necessary scientific, technical and community maturity. The project gathers 16 partners from 9 different countries and run from July 2019 to June 2021. It was successfully launched in October 2019 in Warsaw.
The OPERAS-D (Design) project supports the 9 main partners (“core group”) of the OPERAS network in the development of a European e-infrastructure for open access publications in the SSH. The project addresses long-term requirements for the development of the e-infrastructure and community building, as well as seeks to expand other interested parties within and beyond Europe, and in diverse fields of the SSH. As a key objective, the OPERAS-D project has prepared a design study that defines governance models, scientific and technical concepts for future services that the infrastructure will provide, and has establishes a roadmap to achieve these goals according to the requirements for long term sustainability. OPERAS-D engages the current and future partners in the OPERAS network to strengthen the community and develop the network of partners participating in OPERAS across Europe, specifically in central European countries.
HIRMEOS (High Integration of Research Monographs in the European Open Science infrastructure)focuses on the monograph as a significant mode of scholarly communication in the SSH and tackles the main obstacles of the full integration of publishing platforms supporting open access monographs. The project improves 5 Open Access books publishing platforms (OpenEdition Books, OAPEN Library, EKT Open Book Press, Ubiquity Press, Göttingen University Press), enhancing their technical capacities and services, rendering technologies and content interoperable and embedding them fully into the European Open Science Cloud. HIRMEOS prototypesinnovative services by providing additional data, links and interactions to the documents, paving the way to potential tools for research assessment, which is still a major challenge in the SSH. The platforms participating are enriched with tools that enable identification, authentication and interoperability, and tools that enrich information and entity extraction, the ability to annotate monographs, and gather usage and alternative metric data. HIRMEOS also enriches the technical capacities of the Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB), a most significant indexing service for open access monographs globally, to receive automated infromation for ingestion, while it also develops a structured certification system to document monograph peer-review.