SSHOCking results for the Social Sciences and Humanities Open Cloud: Marketplace and Services Take Shape

The first SSHOC summer was a blast and transitioned into autumn through a series of key project releases, publications, and EOSC-centred events.

In this issue of the SSHOC newsletter we will present all the main project outputs produced during the last fruitful months: it's now possible to catch a glimpse of what SSHOC plans to offer to SSH researchers and institutions, and how the project connects to EOSC.

During the month of October, the much-anticipated System Specification for the SSH Open Marketplace was published, laying the foundation for the development of the first centralised repository of tools, services and datasets for the Social Sciences and Humanities communities, and for similar marketplaces in the overall EOSC. In addition, as a first step for the SSHOC Interoperability Hub, the Report on SSHOC (meta)data interoperability problems provided an inventory of currently used data formats and metadata standards along with recommendations of others.

At the Open Science Fair 2019, the SSHOC Training Community was launched and is already expanding. Our partner LIBER took the chance to speak to Ellen Leenarts (DANS-KNAW) about the initiative.

Also, the EMM Survey Registry was launched as a part of the SSHOC Data Community Pilot ETHMIGSURVEYDATA. The registry is a consolidated database of survey results from quantitative studies performed on ethnic and migrant minorities. 

In terms of coordination with other cluster projects and with the EOSC ecosystem, two key events took place over the period, the EOSC Concertation meeting and the SSHOC co-located event at RDA P14.

Enjoy the read and do get back to us if you have any stories you'd like to share with us!


SSH Open Marketplace: System Specification published (D7.1)

D7.1 System Specification - SSH Open Marketplace

The Social Sciences & Humanities communities are in an urgent need of a place to gather and exchange information about their tools, services, and datasets. Although plenty of project websites, service registries, and data repositories exist, the lack of a central place integrating these assets and offering domain-relevant means to discuss and enrich them is evident. This place is the SSHOC Marketplace.

The system specification for the SSH Open Marketplace has now been published. The document describes the user requirements identified and also offers a conceptual model of the platform and its relation to SSHOC reference ontology, as well as the layout of the overall system architecture with a description of key internal and external components and their dependencies. Read the full document here

EMM Survey Registry: Alpha version launched 

EMM Survey Registry Launched

in July 2019, the SSHOC team working on the Data Community Pilot ETHMIGSURVEYDATA announced the first release of the EMM Survey Registry, a consolidated database of survey results from quantitative studies performed on ethnic and migrant minorities. Currently available in alpha version, the database represents a significant milestone within the SSHOC project. Not only does it bring related data together in a single shared repository for the first time, the data itself has all been rendered FAIR (findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable). Read more...

Mapping (meta)data interoperability problems - the SSHOC Interoperability Hub

Mapping SSH (Meta)data interoperability problems, building the SSHOC interoperability hub

A challenge for SSHOC in providing common services for and increasing cooperation between federated research infrastructures across disciplines is how diverse the various fields of science are. The Report on SSHOC (meta)data interoperability problems provides an inventory of data formats and metadata standards currently in use by key stakeholders, and also recommends specific formats and standards for increasing interoperability.  The recommendations include domain-specific metadata standards as well as Dublin Core and relaxed DataCite for all domains. Read more...

SSHOC Workshop: Helping Researchers Analyse Audio Data

Do you work with interviews as research material? Are you tired of transcribing and processing audio and resulting transcriptions by hand? If so, a group of oral historians, language researchers and technical experts might have just what you need. They have set up the Oral History & Technology taskforce to help researchers deal with their audio data.

At the Digital Humanities 2019 conference in Utrecht in July, this group collaborated with SSHOC and CLARIN ERIC to organise a workshop demonstrating how audio material can be digitised, converted into text by automatic speech recognition, and further processed with NLP and annotation tools. Read more...

Workshop: The Case of the SSHOC Dataverse - Register

Are you looking for a repository software to run your research data repository? Are you already using Dataverse and want to exchange experiences and learn more? Join us under the northern lights at the European Dataverse Workshop 2020! The event will take place at UiT The Arctic University of Norway, in Tromsø, on January 23-24, 2020.

The use case of the SSHOC Dataverse, on which the University of Tromsø is also a collaborating organisation, will be presented by Marion Wittenberg (DANS). Furthermore, participants will have the opportunity to take part in a hands-on technical workshop on the Dataverse, held by Vyacheslav Tykhonov (DANS). Read more...

SSHOC and the RDA

The SSHOC event at RDA P14 EOSC services, collaborations, and RDA provided a discussion forum for all five ESFRI cluster projects, RDA Working and Interest Groups, and EOSC representatives on our journey to EOSC. Read more...

How the RDA impacts SSHOC - Feedback from project partners

This article is the second of two in a series and explores how the partners in the SSHOC project are making use of RDA Outputs and Recommendations, and Interest and Working Groups in the course of their work. Context for this analysis is provided in Part 1: How the RDA impacts Social Sciences Research – Highlights from the Report by DANS RDA Europe 4.0 Ambassador Dr. Braukman. 


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