OPERAS at the DI4R

Pierre Mounier presents a poster of the OPERAS Design Study at the Digital Infrastructures for Research 2017 in Brussels.

The Design Study is comprised of four studies that explore the scientific landscape of OPERAS field of activity, establish the technical mapping of the OPERAS consortium, present a survey on users’ needs concerning scientific communication and academic publishing, and finally foresee the development of the governance scheme and business model of the future infrastructure within the ESFRI framework. The study’s main findings are:

  1. The need to consider scholarly communication as the heart of scientific research and not as one of its outputs, particularly in SSH;
  2. the fragmentation of the field;
  3. and the need and the conditions for integration at European level.

OPERAS DI4R Poster 2017Cooperation between scholarly communication players often remains loose and limited to exchange of information during scientific and professional conferences (such as Elpub, APE, ALPSP) and to exchange of rights during book fairs (such as Frankfurt, London, Turin). In the print era and at the very beginning of the digital turn, networking was enough. But the recent development of the Open Science paradigm and the goal of the European Commission to set up a European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) changes the situation. Networking is not enough anymore and integration must be achieved in reality for disciplines that would otherwise risk being left behind. Indeed, if SSH disciplines do not integrate into the Open Science Cloud, the entire scientific ecosystem will fail to reach its full potential since it will be missing the publications and other research outputs from half of the scientific disciplines. That’s why OPERAS intends to develop services that would enable SSH research outputs to integrate into EOSC by coordinating services, practices and technologies across main actors in the SSH scholarly communication sector in Europe.

More specifically, the objectives are : to provide joint services such as a discovery platform for content; to synergize activities of strategic scholarly communication actors and stakeholders (research institutions, libraries, platforms, publishers, funders) in their transition to Open Science; to develop common best practices and adopt standards for digital open access publishing, to develop innovative and sustainable business models for open access publishing, to explore alternative measurements of impact in the SSH, and to offer sustained training along common standards to researchers and other stakeholders on all of the above.

For more information on DI4R 2017 click go to: digitalinfrastructures.eu

Download the OPERAS poster here!


Elisabeth Heinemann

Digital Humanities Officer at Max Weber Stiftung (MWS) and Communication Officer for OPERAS

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