The OPERAS-D (Design) project supports the 9 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 addresses long-term requirements for the development of the e-infrastructure and community building, as well as seeks 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 engages 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: CNRS/CLEO, OAPEN, Max Weber Stiftung (MWS), National Documentation Centre (EKT), KU Research

Duration: 18 months from January 2017

Project information on CORDIS: OPERAS-D

Organizational Structure

The organizational strucutre of the OPERAS 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 Consortium which constitutes the OPERAS partners at large.

List of Work Packages (WP)

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

First OPERAS Validation Workshop

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 7 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: http://operas.hypotheses.org/working-groups.


February 2017: Deliverable 5.2 Public Website and Toolbox

April 2017: Deliverable 5.1 Communication and Dissemination Guide

June 2017: Deliverable 2.1 Landscape Study

June 2017: Deliverable 3.1 Technical Mapping