The OPERAS-D (Design) project will support the 5 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 will address long-term requirements for the development of the e-infrastructure and community building, as well as seek to expand other interested parties within and beyond Europe, and in diverse fields of the SSH. To achieve this goal, the key objectives of the OPERAS-D project are to prepare a design study that defines governance models, structures and scientific and technical concepts for future services that the infrastructure will provide, and establishes a roadmap to achieve these goals according to the requirements for long term sustainability. OPERAS-D will engage 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.

Partners: OpenEdition, Open Access Publishing in European Networks (OAPEN), Max Weber Foundation (MWS), Greek National Documentation Centre (EKT), Knowledge Unlatched (KU)

Duration: 18 months from January 2017

Organisational Structure

The organisational strucutre of the Consortium comprises the following Consortium Bodies:

  • Steering Committee (SC) as the ultimate decision-making body of the consortium.
  • Work Packages Leaders (WPL), which together form the Executive Board (EB), as the supervisory body for the execution of the Project which reports to and is accountable to the Steering Committee.
  • The Coordinator is the legal entity acting as the intermediary between the Parties and the Funding Authority. The Coordinator, in addition to its responsibilities as a Party, performs the tasks assigned to it as described in the Grant Agreement and the Consortium Agreement. The Coordinator is composed of the Project Coordinator (PC), the Project Manger (PM) and the CNRS relevant offices which togehter form the Project Management Team (PMT).
  • The OPERAS network whih constitutes the OPERAS partners at large.

List of Work Packages (WP)

WP Number WP Title Lead Beneficiary
WP1 Project management and overall coordination OpenEdition / CNRS
WP2 Developing network and e-infrastructure strategy EKT
WP3 Technical and service requirements OpenEdition / CNRS
WP4 The OPERAS business and governance model and long-term strategy OAPEN
WP5 Dissemination, communication and exploitation MWS

OPERAS Validation Workshop

On 26 June 2017, the OPERAS Consortium will present and validate the deliverables and plan the next steps for the second phase of the project.

On 27 June 2017 we will hold an assembly of all OPERAS partners in Amsterdam to discuss and validate the first results of the surveys we are currently doing: on the technical mapping of the network, on the future services the infrastructure will set up, on its future business and governance models.


February 2017: Deliverable 5.2 “Public Website and Toolbox

April 2017: Deliverable 5.1 “Communication and Dissemination Guide