News and Events


07/05/2017 – SciELO becomes an international partner of OPERAS

The Scientific Electronic Library Online (SciELO) has expressed its full support of OPERAS aim to establish a strong and innovative pan-European research infrastructure to improve scholarly communication systems for the Social Sciences and Humanities.

SciELO is a 19-year-old international cooperation program on scholarly communication. It is implemented through a network of national collections of open access peer reviewed journals covering 15 countries: 12 from Latin America, as well as from South Africa, Portugal and Spain. The SciELO network indexes, publishes and interoperates about 1.000 journals from all major scientific areas, including 427 journals for the Social Sciences and Humanities. The network also publishes over 12.000 new articles in this field annually.

Abel L. Packer, Director of SciELO, has expressed in a letter of support to OPERAS that SciELO envisions becoming an active international partner of the network, as OPERAS goals and functions align well with the SciELO program.

Find out more about the SciELO network at

06/28/2017 – First OPERAS Validation Workshop, Amsterdam

The first OPERAS Validation Workshop took place on 26/27 June 2017 in the Central Library in Amsterdam.

The workshop has concluded the design phase of the OPERAS-D project and has planned the next steps. OPERAS-D project partners have presented 4 deliverables to the OPERAS consortium: the landscape study of open scholarly communication in Europe, the technical mapping of the OPERAS network, the online survey on future OPERAS services, and the future business and governance model of the OPERAS infrastructure. The findings will be the main part of a design study that will be available for download soon.

The OPERAS network has launched 8 working groups to explore future services OPERAS will develop. Each group will develop a white paper for mid-2018. Find out more about the working groups here:

Find out more about the OPERAS-D project here:

05/18/2017 – OPERAS at the First Conference Workshop of the Association of European University Presses (AEUP), Stockholm

Pierre Mounier (OpenEdition), OPERAS project coordinator, has presented the OPERAS research infrastructure at the First Conference Workshop of the Association of European University Presses (AEUP) in Stockholm, Sweden, on 17 May 2017. The presentation outlined the way forward for OPERAS and presented the development plan of the infrastrucure. It moreover showed the steps already taken, especially by the HIRMEOS project: the first service of OPERAS is the Directory of Open Access Books (doab) (

Read more about the Conference at

Download Pierre Mounier’s presentation: 2017-05-17 AEUP17 OPERAS Presentation

05/10/2017 – First OPERAS Newsletter

The first OPERAS Newsletter is now available: OPERAS Newsletter 1st edition (May 2017)

The newsletter will be disseminated regularly every 2-3 months and will keep you updated about developments in the OPERAS research infrastructure, particularly about the project OPERAS-D (design for open access in the european research area through scholarly communication).

The first edition covers the following:
1. OPERAS in a nutshell
2. Survey on the Usage of Open Scholarly Communication in Europe (see below to participate)
3. OPERAS-D News: new partners, creation of working groups, OPERAS deliverables
4. From the Newsdesk
5. Save the Date: OPERAS Validation Workshop on 26/27 June 2017

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04/30/2017 – DARIAH-EU Annual Event, Berlin

DARIAH-EU and DARIAH-DE have hosted the DARIAH Annual Event on 26 and 27 April 2017 in Berlin, Germany. Pierre Mounier (CLEO) has presented the HIRMEOS project and Michael Kaiser (MWS) has awarded the DARIAH-DE DH Awards to 3 young researchers: Armin Häberle, Isabella Reger, and Tim Schütz. The DARIAH meeting was an excellent opportunity to discuss various issues related to the sustainability of research infrastructures. Read more (in German) at

04/26/2017 – Participate in our survey on the usage of open scholarly communication in Europe

The OPERAS consortium is launching a survey on the usage of open scholarly communication in Europe, in particular in the field of Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH). The purpose of the survey is to identify current practices and services that should be developed or invented. It will serve as a basis for defining the future infrastructure OPERAS.

The survey is addressed to 5 different audiences, all actors, in various capacities, of open access: publishers, researchers, libraries, funders and the general public. It will collect information and suggestions mainly about common standards, good practices, new features and new integrated services.

We would very much appreciate your participation! The links below are open until the 31 May 2017.

04/24/2017 – Milan Book Fair

HIRMEOS participated in the book fair Tempo di Libri in Milan, Italy. Andrea Bertino (UGOE) presented aims, partners and publishing platforms of the HIRMEOS project in the context of a round table with  Pierre Mounier (CLEO) and Paola Mazzocchi, who respectively talked about DOAB and mEDRA. The discussion was moderated by Lorenzo Armando of Lexis Compagnia Editoriale in Torino. Download Pierre Mounier’s presentation at