OPERAS partners will be at ELPUB2018

OPERAS will be at ELPUBThe OPERAS partners Ubiquity Press, Max Weber Foundation – German Humanities Institutes Abroad, and Open Book Publishers will present at the 22nd International Conference on Electronic Publishing (ELPUB) from 22-24 June 2018 at the University of Toronto, Canada. This year’s topic is “Connecting the Knowledge Commons: From Projects to Sustainable Infrastructure.” The full schedule is now available at: elpub2018.sched.com.

The conference is co-chaired by Leslie Chan, University of Toronto Scarborough, and Pierre Mounier, Associate Director at OpenEdition and Coordinator of OPERAS. OpenEdition offers the academic community 4 international-scale publication and information platforms in the SSH since 1999: OpenEdition JournalsOpenEdition BooksCalenda, and Hypotheses. OpenEdition coordinates the research infrastructure OPERAS and the two projects OPERAS-D and HIRMEOS.


Shared infrastructure for next-generation books: HIRMEOS

Session 6: Open infrastructures for Digital Humanities and Social Sciences (June 23, 16:00 – 17:30)

Authors: Brian Hole, Ubiquity Press
Francesco Devirgilio, Ubiquity Press
Chealsye Bowley, Ubiquity Press

This paper will present an introduction and status report on work being done to provide shared infrastructure for open access book publishers under the HIRMEOS (High Integration of Research Monographs in the European Open Science infrastructure) project. A central goal of HIRMEOS is to better integrate open access books with the open science ecosystem, in particular helping to increase the visibility and value of work from the social sciences and humanities (HIRMEOS 2018). Its wide-ranging scope includes building prototypes and ongoing systems to provide full integration with authentication and interoperability services (DOIs, ORCiD and FundRef), content enrichment services (INRIA N(E)RD), dissemination platforms (DOAB), a new peer review certification platform, Annotation services (hypothes.is), and usage and alternative metrics.

Keywords: open source, open access, books, metrics, annotation

Ubiquity Press is an open access publisher of peer-reviewed, academic journals and books. They are an OPERAS member, a project partner in HIRMEOS, and participate in the OPERAS Working Groups on Tools (R&D) as well as Best Practices. Ubiquity Press is also a supporting partner of ELPUB2018.


The value of network sustainability: Why we join research infrastructures

Session 7: Infrastructures for facilitating scholarly collaboration and communication (June 24, 10:30 – 12:00)

Author: Elisabeth Heinemann, Max Weber Foundation – German Humanities Institutes Abroad (MWS)

This paper develops the concept of network sustainability. To become and stay sustainable, distributed research infrastructures need to satisfy present needs while at the same time be flexible and resilient to meet future requirements. For this it is not enough to merely build a sustainable economic model and be technically viable. Research infrastructures that can understand, address and shape future needs have a sustainable community network. Clear characteristics of a research infrastructure with a sustainable network are that partners gain access to other networks and interest groups, that knowledge, information and expertise is shared freely among partners, that the infrastructure increases partners’ visibilities and vice versa, and that partners are enabled to stay current and state-of-the-art. This is shown on OPERAS (open access in the european research area through scholarly communication), a research infrastructure for open scholarly communication in the social sciences and humanities, and its partner Max Weber Stiftung (MWS), a German research foundation.

Keywords: network sustainability, research infrastructure, scholarly communication, SSH, integration

Max Weber Foundation – German Humanities Institutes Abroad is one of the leading agencies supporting German research in the humanities abroad. It is a core member of OPERAS and a project partner in OPERAS-D and HIRMEOS. MWS coordinates the OPERAS Advocacy Working Group.


Collecting inclusive usage metrics for Open Access publications: the HIRMEOS Project

Session 9: Digital publishing infrastructure (June 24, 15:30 – 17:00)

Author: Javier Arias, Open Book Publishers

Open Access has matured for journals, but its uptake in the book market is still delayed, despite the fact that books continue to be the leading publishing format for social sciences and humanities. The 30-months EU-funded project HIRMEOS (High Integration of Research Monographs in the European Open Science infrastructure) tackles the main obstacles of the full integration of five important digital platforms supporting open access monographs. The content of participating platforms will be enriched with tools that enable identification, authentication and interoperability (via DOI, ORCID, Fundref), and tools that enrich information and entity extraction (INRIA (N)ERD), the ability to annotate monographs (Hypothes.is), and gather usage and alternative metric data. This paper focuses on the development and implementation of Open Source Metrics Services that enable the collection of OA Metrics and Altmetrics from third party platforms, and how the architecture of these tools will allow implementation in any external platform, particularly in start-up Open Access publishers.

Keywords: Metrics, Open Access, Digital Monographs

Open Book Publishers’ books are published in hardback, paperback, pdf and ebook editions, but they also include a free online edition that can be read via their website, downloaded, reused or embedded anywhere. Open Book Publishers are an OPERAS member, a project partner in HIRMEOS, and participate in the OPERAS Working Groups on Business Models as well as Platforms and Services.


Elisabeth Heinemann

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

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