OPERAS Conference “Opening up Social Sciences and Humanities in Europe: From Promises to Reality”, November 2–4

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The OPERAS reseach infrastructure invites to the conference “Opening up Social Sciences and Humanities in Europe: From Promises to Reality”, that will be fully digital this year and will take place from 2–4 November 2020.

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Open Science is gaining momentum in Europe with the creation of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). In the EOSC Declaration it says “no disciplines […] must be left behind”. Are the social sciences and humanities ready for the EOSC? To what extent are Open Science and FAIR practices already in place? What role can research infrastructures and disciplinary communities play to support an effective shift towards Open Science? 

The OPERAS conference aims at being a discussion hub in which different players such as researchers, decision makers, publishers and librarians e.g. can share and compare their take on the current scholarly communication system and their vision for a sustainable future.

The workshops and panels at the conference will address the following issues: 
What are researchers‘ needs and visions regarding research infrastructures, services and policies? 
What role can Open Infrastructures play in supporting the shift towards openness and in offering the services and tools the community really needs?
What are the challenges preventing social sciences and humanities researchers from adopting openness as default scholarly communication practice?
What is needed for Open Science policies and frameworks such as Plan S and EOSC to be adopted by social sciences and humanities communities?
What’s the future for books, and what about sustainable business models in publishing?

We are looking forward to the keynote presentation “Scientific communities and infrastructures: a personal perspective” by Johan Rooryck (professor at Leiden University, Executive Director of cOAlition S), as well as interesting workshops and panels on the European Open Science Cloud and future OPERAS services, and discussing policies of Open Science amongst others with Kostas Glinos (Head of Unit for Open Science at European Commission), Angela Liberatore (Head of Unit on Social Sciences and Humanities at the European Research Council Executive Agency), Jennifer Edmond (President of the Board of Directors in DARIAH EU).

Please find the full program and register at www.operas2020.com

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OPERAS is the Research Infrastructure supporting open scholarly communication in the social sciences and humanities (SSH) in the European Research Area. Its mission is to coordinate and federate resources in Europe to efficiently address the scholarly communication needs of European researchers in the field of SSH.

For more information, please contact Judith Schulte, communication officer at OPERAS, communication@operas-eu.org

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