The SSH Open Marketplace, built under the SSHOC project, is a discovery portal which pools and harmonises all the SSH tools (services and software), datasets, training materials and activities (workflows and scenarios) useful for SSH research communities, offering a high quality and contextualised answer at every step of the SSH research data life cycles.
In terms of contents, the SSH Open Marketplace will build on already existing sources coming from the communities of the ERICs and project partners, but not only. All pertinent resources that are part of research environments we aim to showcase will be integrated, and manual addition of content will be available to any contributor.
Imagine a researcher who needs to perform textual analysis on historical texts. As our survey has shown, they would prefer using a tool widely used in the community, ideally one that is well documented and easy to access. This is where the SSH Marketplace’s unique community-oriented approach and high-quality curated contextualisation would come into play. The portal would, for instance, suggest relevant text analysis software and services, and, if applicable, describe how it aligns with standards and open science principles, link to tutorials and other training material, but also to a forum where other SSH peers would have commented on those tools and maybe also to an academic paper relating to a researchers' experience with it. The support offered to researchers will thus be suggested research paths they could choose to undertake, while facilitating interactions and networking.
The development of the portal happens within Work Package 7 (WP7) of the larger SSHOC project led by DARIAH ERIC and is in full swing. The alpha release is planned for June 2020, followed by a beta version in December of the same year. The final release is expected by December 2021.
As the Social Sciences and Humanities branch of the EOSC, the SSHOC project is developing the Marketplace for and with SSH research communities. We collaborate closely with these communities, the future users of the Marketplace, researchers, librarians, research infrastructure members, or service providers, policy-makers and citizen scientists, to develop a Marketplace that will serve their needs.
We collaborate closely with different stakeholders working in the EOSC environment; it is only natural that the creation of the SSH Open Marketplace takes into consideration its future embedding in the larger science landscape. We are working towards establishing the SSH Marketplace among the other EOSC catalogues and marketplaces such as the EOSC-Hub, eInfraCentral or OpenAire catalogues.
The SSH Open Marketplace is still under development. If you want to get a clearer view of the system specification, you can consult the Deliverable 7.1, and you can follow the development on our Gitlab instance: https://gitlab.gwdg.de/sshoc
If you are interested to know more about the SSH Open Marketplace and to contribute to its creation, you can register as a SSHOC user here: https://www.sshopencloud.eu/user/register