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SSHOC and the EOSC

The creation of the SSH Open Marketplace was funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Open Cloud (SSHOC) project which supported the integration and consolidation of thematic e-infrastructure platforms in preparation for connecting them to the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). The overall objective of the SSHOC project was to realise the Social Sciences and Humanities part of EOSC.

As a domain-oriented discovery portal and the aggregator of the SSHOC project, the SSH Open Marketplace, contributes directly to the EOSC, supplementing existing services such as the EOSC Catalogue & Marketplace, and facilitating the fluid exchange of tools, services, data, and knowledge.

33 Key Exploitable Results of the SSHOC project

Source: SSHOC project website

As a continuation of the SSHOC project and to sustain its outputs, 5 ESFRI Landmarks CESSDA, CLARIN, DARIAH, ESS and SHARE have been signing a Memorandum of Understanding for the establishment of the SSH Open Cluster. This cluster acts as an umbrella for the SSH Open Marketplace organisation and activities. To know everything about the institutions and people involved in the SSH Open Marketplace sustainability, please consult the team section. 


Three pillars for the development and functioning of the SSH Open Marketplace

While planning the SSH Open Marketplace during the SSHOC project, we identified three pillars on which we built the Marketplace and which have remained essential for its current functioning and future development. These pillars are:

  • Curation – This portal thrives on a curation process that makes it easy to discover the most appropriate results for each request, so that researchers can discover the best resources for the digital aspects of their work. The curation process relies on three components: automatic ingest and update of data sources; continuous curation of the information by the editorial team and – most important – contributions from users, the SSH research community.
  • Community – The content available in the SSH Open Marketplace and its contextualisation is the result of collaborative work that is characterised by a user-centric approach. Features that allow contributions, feedback and comments are implemented – or will be soon – to ensure that the portal mirrors real research practices.
  • Contextualisation – The portal puts all items into context: each solution suggested is linked to other related resources (e.g. a tutorial showing how to use a tool, a tool used in a workflow, a publication presenting research results produced using a given service). This contextualisation enhances the usefulness of the SSH Open Marketplace and ensures users receive the maximum possible benefit from all its contents.

Want to know more?

To know all the details that guided the development choices of the SSH Open Marketplace, you can consult the following reports.

  • Laure Barbot, Yoan Moranville, Frank Fischer, Clara Petitfils, Matej Ďurčo, Klaus Illmayer, Tomasz Parkoła, Philipp Wieder, & Sotiris Karampatakis. (2019). SSHOC D7.1 System Specification - SSH Open Marketplace (1.0). Zenodo.
  • Matej Ďurčo, Laure Barbot, Klaus Illmayer, Sotiris Karampatakis, Frank Fischer, Yoann Moranville, Joshua Tetteh Ocansey, Stefan Probst, Michał Kozak, Stefan Buddenbohm, & Seung-Bin Yim. (2021). 7.2 Marketplace – Implementation (v1.0). Zenodo.
  • Alexander König, & Dieter Van Uytvanck. (2020). D7.3 Marketplace - Interoperability.
  • Edward Gray, Nicolas Larrousse, Clara Petitfils, Laure Barbot, Frank Fischer, Matej Ďurčo, Klaus Illmayer, Cesare Condordia, Alexander Konig, Dieter Van Uytvanck, & Stefan Buddenbohm. (2021). D7.4 Marketplace – Data population & curation (v1.0). Zenodo.
  • Clara Petitfils, Suzanne Dumouchel, Nicolas Larrousse, Edward J. Gray, Laure Barbot, Arnaud Roi, Matej Ďurčo, Klaus Illmayer, Stefan Buddenbohm, & Tomasz Parkola. (2021). D7.5 Marketplace - Governance.
  • Frank Fischer, & Matej Durco. (2021, April 16). DARIAH Public Demonstration of the SSH Open Marketplace. Zenodo.
  • Buddenbohm, Stefan, Barbot, Laure, Gray, Edward, Willems, Marieke, Larrousse, Nicolas, & Petitfils, Clara. (2021). Requesting Crowd Expertise: The SSH Open Marketplace and LIBER. Zenodo.
  • Laure Barbot, & Edward Gray. (2021, September 29). Sharing digital tools in context: the SSH Open Marketplace. Zenodo.
  • Laure Barbot, Tracey Biller, Daan Broeder, Ron Dekker, Matej Durco, Irene Vipavc, Marieke Willems. Agile development of the SSH Open Marketplace: User Workshop. ITM Web Conf. 33 04001 (2020). DOI: 10.1051/itmconf/20203304001
  • Buddenbohm, Stefan. (2020). User Stories for the SSH Open Marketplace. Zenodo.
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The SSH Open Marketplace is maintained and will be further developed by three European Research Infrastructures - DARIAH, CLARIN and CESSDA - and their national partners. It was developed as part of the "Social Sciences and Humanities Open Cloud" SSHOC project, European Union's Horizon 2020 project call H2020-INFRAEOSC-04-2018, grant agreement #823782.