Active GO FAIR Implementation Network
CO-OPERAS – open access in the European research area through scholarly communication – IN aims to build a bridge between SSH data and the EOSC, widening the concept of “research data” to include all of the types of digital research output linked to scholarly communication that are, in SSH, part of the research process. The goal is to contribute to a better integration of SSH research objects into the EOSC, as a major component of the IFDS.

One of the main challenges the social sciences and humanities need to address to achieve that goal is the fragmented nature of research fields, across many disciplines and subdisciplines, usually grounded in regional, national and linguistic specific communities: as a result, code multilingualism is a clear trait of these disciplines where English as a Lingua Franca is far from being the sole means to communicate research results. Multilingualism has to be properly addressed in order to ensure access and reuse of SSH data. Another challenge for the IN to address would be the fact that in SSH the machine readable tools and materials are rarely available and often incomplete or non-interoperable. These issues are perceived as strategically important priorities by the research community.

The core strategy of CO-OPERAS IN is integration rather than fragmentation, and coordination rather than competition.

CO-OPERAS IN aims to bring the FAIR principles into the SSH research environment, leveraging existing scholarly communication services and platforms to connect them as components of an emerging EOSC, and more broadly to the global SSH communities.

CO-OPERAS IN building blocks are

  • Discovery services, based on ISIDORE technology
  • Certification services, based on the Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB)
  • Research for Society collaboration service, based on Hypotheses blog platform.
  • New services derived from HIRMEOS project deliverables (H2020 funded).

The building blocks rely on a network that includes strong representation of scholarly practices across Europe. However, our aim is to be open and inclusive, working with global partners to build consensus around best practice in different communities for FAIR principles implementation.

Main purpose and objectives
The main purpose of the CO-OPERAS IN is the FAIRification of the research process and resources in the SSH, leveraging both on building services, sharing standards and on changing the communication culture in SSH. A second purpose is the contribution of CO-OPERAS network to the FAIR standards from the SSH data.

To improve Findability, CO-OPERAS IN will implement

  • Identification services, already tested in the HIRMEOS project
  • Metadata enrichment, with data publications crosslinking. It will promote dialogue within specific sub disciplines around minimal meta data structures and content.
  • A discovery tool, scaling up Isidore, which addresses also the multilingualism issue
  • A certification service, to standardise peer review practices among university presses and other academic publishers

To ensure Access, CO-OPERAS IN will tackle

  • Searching for consensus on minimal metadata content in different communities that could eventually lead to interoperability
  • Metadata integration into a single point of access/research, even though outputs and data are preserved in different repositories/platforms

Interoperability can be assured through

  • Common adoption of standards as piloted in the HIRMEOS project and the CO-OPERAS standards working group
  • Metadata enrichment managing multilingualism
  • Common services for the different dissemination platforms participating to CO-OPERAS
  • An interoperable publishing toolbox (as planned in the Publishing Tool Working Group)

In order to guaranteeReuse, CO-OPERAS IN will

  • Help spreading best licensing practices through CO-OPERAS Best Practices working group
  • Improve the use of Open Annotation tools piloted by HIRMEOS project
  • Boost the use of Text and Data Mining, to facilitate transformation of texts into machine readable data
  • “activate research” through the Research for Society service
  • Provide Metrics and the corresponding APIs to give funders and publishers feedback (e.g HIRMEOS)

Main tasks

  1. Plan and Roadmap – to be developed within 3 months
  2. Communication tools and practices: as CO-OPERAS network, we are already connected via a Core Group of international partners, providing governance and coordination
    • Working groups, involving the wide community of stakeholders already part of the network: publishers, research performing organizations, universities, libraries. In particular the Advocacy Working Group is contributing to that work.
    • Slack working space, with a general channel and specific topic-oriented ones
  3. Business Plan 
    • European Calls (Infradev, InfraEOSC, SWAFS)
    • Grants from private foundations (e.g. Compagnia di San Paolo in Italy)

Download the manifesto as a pdf file here

Elena Giglia
Suzanne Dumouchel
Arnaud Gingold
Karla Avanço

Are you interested in joining CO-OPERAS IN? Please express your interest by filling in the form below. Your request will be forwarded to the GO FAIR Scientific Coordinator and the IN Coordinator(s), who will get in touch as soon as possible.


  • Marina Angelaki – National Hellenic Research Foundation/National Documentation Centre – Greece
  • Lorenzo Armando – Lexis Compagnia Editoriale in Torino – Italy
  • Jean-Pierre Caminade, former European Affairs Officer for Research Infrastructures at French Ministry of High Education and Research
  • Nicola Cavalli – Ledizioni – Milano – Italy
  • Ron Dekker – CESSDA ERIC – Norway
  • Francesca Di Donato – Net7 srl – Italy
  • Suzanne Dumouchel – CNRS (Huma-Num) – France
  • Jennifer Edmond – DARIAH-EU – France
  • Eelco Ferwerda – OAPEN – Netherlands
  • Elena Giglia – University of Turin – Italy
  • Arnaud Gingold – OpenEdition – France
  • Karla Avanço – OpenEdition – France
  • Michael Kaiser – Max Weber Stiftung – Germany
  • Peter Kraker – Open Knowledge Maps – Austria
  • Nicolas Larrousse – CNRS (Huma-Num) – France
  • Delfim Leão, Ana Miguéis, Bruno Neves, Maria João Padez – University of Coimbra (UC Digitalis) – Portugal
  • Maciej Maryl – Institute of Literary Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences (Digital Humanities Centre) – Poland
  • Pierre Mounier, Clément Corbin, Arnaud Gingold- EHESS (OpenEdition) – France
  • Tanja Niemann – É – Montréal, Canada
  • Abel Packer – SciELO – São Paulo – Brasil
  • Paulin Ribbe – Université Aix-Marseille – France
  • Gino Roncaglia – Università della Tuscia – Viterbo – Italy
  • Federico Ruberti – Net7 srl – Italy
  • Matevž Rudolf– Ljubljana University Press, Faculty of Arts – Slovenia
  • Lara Speicher – UCL Press, UK
  • Irakleitos Souyioultzoglou – National Hellenic Research Foundation/National Documentation Centre – Greece
  • Jadranka Stojanovski – University of Zadar / Ruđer Bošković Institute – Zadar / Zagreb – Croatia
  • Antónia Pedroso de Lima – CRIA / ISCTE-IUL Lisboa – Portugal
  • Angela Fedi, Alberto Pelissero – University of Torino – Italia
  • Aleš Pogačnik – Znanstvenoraziskovalni center Slovenske akademije znanosti in umetnosti / Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (ZRC SAZU) – Slovenia
  • Demmy Verbeke, Laura Mesotten – KU Leuven – Belgium
  • Enrico Pasini, Ermanno Malaspina – Centro interdipartimentale per la digitalizzazione MeDiHum (presidente), Università di Torino – Italia
  • Nicky Agate – HuMetricsHSS – USA
  • Makoto Asaoka, Miho Funamori – NII – Japan
  • Nicola Barbuti – Univesity of Bari – Italy
  • Andrea Bertino – UGOE/DARIAH – Germany
  • Ernst Elisabeth -MWS – Germany
  • Rupert Gatti – OBP – United Kingdom
  • Ivana Ilijasic Versic – CESSDA
  • Hélène Jouguet – HN – France
  • Yukio Maeda – University of Tokyo – Japan
  • Brigitte Mathiak – GESIS – Germany
  • Franco Nicolucci – University of Florence – Italy
  • Emilie Paquin – Érudit – Canada
  • Riccardo Pozzo – University of Verona – Italy
  • Erzsébet Tóth-Czifra – DARIAH- Germany
  • Michael Ullyot – University of Calgary – Canada