New Paper: “OPERAS: bringing the long tail of Social Sciences and Humanities into Open Science”

Elena Giglia, Head of the Open Access Office at the University of Turin (UniTo) and Coordinator of the implementation network CO-OPERAS in GoFAIR, has published a paper on the OPERAS infrastructure in the Italian Journal of Library, Archives and Information Science.

Elena Giglia, Head of the Open Access Office at the University of Turin (UniTo) and Coordinator of the implementation network CO-OPERAS in GoFAIR
Elena Giglia, Head of the Open Access Office at the University of Turin (UniTo) and Coordinator of the implementation network CO-OPERAS in GoFAIR (CC BY 4.0)

The paper will present OPERAS, a comprehensive infrastructure aimed at providing a pan-European infrastructure to rethink and reshape publishing, discovery and dissemination addressing the specificity and the critical issues of Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH). The paper will try to set the scene examining the status of scholarly communication, the developments of Open Access and Open Science, and the specific demands for SSH. A second part will outline how OPERAS meets these needs, taking care of all the steps of the scholarly communication cycle. OPERAS unique approach is to unite researchers, libraries and publishers in a common effort, in order to take back control over scholarly communication. Not merging nor replacing, but nurturing existing realities, OPERAS provides innovative services to bring SSH into Open Science. OPERAS is designed to elaborate effective and scalable long-term strategies for the future development of the digital infrastructure and community building needed to innovate scholarly communication in the SSH. OPERAS pervading idea of science as communication holds an immense potential for an inspiring model of Open Science with direct societal impact, based on continuous communication.

Read the full text here: https://www.jlis.it/article/view/12523


UniTo is a Core Member of OPERAS and the National Node for Italy. The university is actively involved in OPERAS‘ working groups on Advocacy and on Tools Research and Development. They are a project member of HIRMEOS.


Elisabeth Ernst

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

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