The human factor in EOSC: SSHOC's journey continues, presenting ambitious plans and connecting with SSH communities

Exciting times for SSHOC: the Social Sciences and Humanities Open Cloud is taking shape and growing in popularity. After the first months of activity, we are now moving into a new phase in which results are visible and measureable!

In June and July, a series of successful events covered key themes across a variety of SSHOC communities. A high level of engagement at our LIBER Annual Conference and DH19 workshops, and good participation at the 8th ESRA Conference helped generate requirements and collect inputs. As the most human-centred cluster in the EOSC, it's fundamental that SSHOC is inclusive, represents users, and involves them in every aspect of the project as it progresses.

Meanwhile SSHOC is also reaching new dimensions online. All the latest SSHOC developments, outcomes and results required a new iteration of the SSHOC website. Check them out at Many thanks from the SSHOC team to all the Twitter users who helped us reach the 500 followers milestone! If you're not a Twitter user don't worry, we're also on LinkedIn

This issue of the newsletter presents highlights from some of the key events held in recent months as well as an overview of the articles published in the News area - in case you missed something. Enjoy the read and do get back to us if you have any stories you'd like to share with us!

Developing the SSHOC Dataverse

SSHOC is developing a data repository service running on EOSC, that by the end of the project will serve SSH Researchers and institutions without such a facility for their deisgnated communities. The SSHOC Dataverse will be an open source data infrastructure that institutes can install and reuse for their own needs and requirements.

Slava Tykhonov from the Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS-KNAW) and Philipp Conzett (UiT/DataverseNO) presented the vision for the development of the Dataverse SSHOC project at the Dataverse Community Meeting 2019 at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA, 19-22 June 2019. Read more...

Presenting the SSH Open Marketplace at the DARIAH Annual Event 2019

Taking place at the DARIAH Annual event, the SSHOC workshop “Ensuring the sustainability of the Open Marketplace: a community-driven approach” was a great opportunity to discuss first concrete steps towards the creation of the SSH Open Marketplace.

Using the work done in previous SSH projects as a starting point, the audience was consulted about their vision and ideas on the SSHOC Marketplace, upcoming challenges and EOSC developments. The outputs of this workshop will be incorporated in the conceptual model of the platform, planned for release in September 2019 as a SSHOC deliverable. Read more...

Social Sciences & Humanities Open Cloud: What’s in it for research libraries?

Research libraries play a key role as intermediaries between SSHOC and its end users. They support, promote and enable research production activities and are an essential part of the research and scholarship ecosystem.

Over 100 librarians and library managers from Europe’s research library community attended the SSHOC workshop at LIBER’s 2019 Annual Conference on 26 June 2019. Organised by project partners CLARIN, DANS, DARIAH and LIBER, the workshop highlighted the project, its SSH Open Marketplace, the SSHOC Training Network and Toolkit. Participants were asked to provide feedback about their needs regarding skills building and training in the SSHOC context, through an interactive session. Read more...

SSHOC video presented at the ESRA Conference

The 8th ESRA Conference was the perfect place to present the SSHOC project to hundreds of social sciences researchers gathered in Zagreb, Croatia, to discuss the latest advancements in survey methodology. As such we produced an introductory video to our Social Sciences and Humanities Open Cloud, that premiered during the conference on 17 July.

Click below to watch it on the SSHOC YouTube channel and don't forget to subscribe!


How the RDA impacts social sciences research (and what’s in it for SSHOC)

RDA Europe 4.0 Social Sciences Ambassador Ricarda Braukman has analysed the RDA Working and Interest Groups and identified those initiatives of particular relevance to social scientists.

This article is the first of two in a series and presents the highlights from Dr. Braukman's RDA for Social Sciences report. A follow-up article explores how the RDA Interest and Working Groups and outcomes are currently serving partners in the SSHOC project. Read more...

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