A wide range of tools and data will be made available through the SSH Open Marketplace which will provide a “one stop shop” where scholars from the broader SSH domain can find solutions and resources for the digital aspects of their research.


What kind of solutions and resources?

'Resources' can be software and tools as well as datasets, but mainly services, ready for direct use. 'Solutions' are conceived as complex objects based on a research question, task (or story), accompanied by references to further training material, referencing the resources needed to solve given tasks. The rationale behind it is to focus on the methodical, dynamic aspects of the research process to enable sharing and re-use not just of resources but workflows and methodologies, to promote Open Methods next to Open Data and Open Source.


SSHOC’s App Store Approach

SSH will go beyond being a list of links in that it will adopt an app store approach which allows for contextualisation and interrelation of datasets, tools, and services offered, with screenshots, tutorials and links to training material, user stories, showcases, and other related resources. It will also encompass community features and contain a rating and assessment feature, based on the work on assessment criteria for contributions developed in the Humanities at Scale project lead by the  DARIAH ERIC.


How will SSHOC Marketplace advance SSH and cross-disciplinary research?

  • contextualisation: related material like code, data or tutorials is linked, delivering broader context to discovered resources;
  • serendipity: users will find useful things they weren't even looking for;
  • community: user feedback, comments section, ratings, popularity measures (number of views), establishing something like a "›Stack Overflow‹ for the Digital Humanities";
  • assessment:  by editors and the community to help decide if something is useful for a specific purpose or not;
  • support: users will have access to related training material to support their use of tools;
  • gap analysis: what kind of tool doesn't exist yet and should be developed as it would address specific research needs? To counteract obsolescence a strong focus will be put on the curation and quality assurance of the information gathered and on devising a sustainable governance model, including the building of a community around the Marketplace to ensure its durability.


How will the SSHOC Marketplace position itself within the EOSC context?

The presence and involvement in SSHOC of the ESFRI Landmarks and Projects, several large and stable international data infrastructures, plus the LIBER-network and other parties with a focus on the required capacity building, are crucial for a sustainable contribution to the EOSC. Together the SSHOC parties will work towards a model to monitor the EOSC developments in view of the necessary technical and other requirements for making the SSHOC services sustainable beyond the duration of the project.

SSHOC is one of the five European Union H2020 Programme “ INFRA-EOSC-2018” recently funded cluster projects (together with ENVRI-FAIR, PANOSC, ESCAPE, EOSC-LIFE) that will leverage and interconnect existing and new infrastructures from the SSH ERICs and foster interdisciplinary research and collaboration.

In addition, the potential for consolidation and uptake of results from the ongoing investments in SSH infrastructure require a robust model for shared governance and a vision on how to set up a federative structure adequate for this purpose. Consultation actions will be set up involving national decision-makers, service providers, policy makers, and representatives of research communities and other professional users. Insights emerging from SSHOC marketplace and EOSC pilot on interoperability between SSHOC Marketplace and EOSC will be taken into account.

A task force will be set up with EOSC-hub project to exchange and harmonize views on common themes, and existing contacts with other European and international organizations operating in and around the EOSC space will be invited to engage in the process.