OPERAS Design Study

OPERAS, Sept 08, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes

According to the website, "OPERAS is a distributed research infrastructure project in Europe to support the development of open scholarly communication," especially in the social sciences and humanities (SSH). The design studiy was released over the summer, and has four parts: a landscape study that "identifies recent developments and challenges within the scholaly communication framework," a technical mapping that "provides a global description of the technical, organizational and information systems within the OPERAS consortium," a usage study "describing current practices regarding open access, the evaluation of existing services, the missing services, and the level of interest for integrated new services," and a  European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) landscape study. There's a wealth of information here and it wouldn't be the worst idea to use this project as a template for similar projects elsewhere. OPERAS stands for "open access in the European Research Area through scholarly communication," though I doubt this full title is used very much. Note that it would be nice to see the project use an RSS feel or some sort of syndicated communication over and above its monthly PDF newsletter and social media accounts.

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