Job: OPERAS Community Manager – OA eBook Usage (OAeBU) Data Trust


The position will be offered for a period of 3 years, contingent on receipt of grant award funding.
This is a full-time position based in Brussels.
Remote working opportunities in Europe can be considered.
Salary depends upon the experience of the successful candidate. Full package may vary depending on the country of living, if working from a different country than Belgium.
Displaced qualified Ukrainian people are strongly encouraged to apply

This position is responsible for facilitating community consultation and engagement for the international Open Access eBook Usage (OAeBU) Data Trust effort, funded initially through the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation-funded project, “OAeBU Data Trust: Advancing to Launch by Developing IDS Governance Building Blocks.” This project is a collaboration led by the University of North Texas, with co-PIs from OPERAS, OpenAIRE, and Educopia Institute.

This position will work under the supervision of the Canadian-American Executive Director of the OAeBU Data Trust effort to develop and manage mechanisms to engage community partners and solicit community input for the work-packages and projects related to the global OAeBU Data Trust effort. Based in Europe to provide the Data Trust with increased staff capacity to attend meetings within the Eastern Hemisphere, the position will be staffed through the OPERAS international not-for-profit association (AISBL).

As the second of two full-time positions working for the Data Trust, this individual will be responsible for developing and managing engagement strategies for OA book usage metrics stakeholder constituencies. This position is highly international and interdisciplinary in scope; the manager must have a positive record of communicating and engaging professionally with commercial, academic, and non-profit audiences worldwide. The individual recruited for this position must also have professional experience in scholarly communication and must be a reliable, independent worker that appreciates the importance of open access policies to global knowledge distribution.

Supporting Ukrainian Editorial Staff: Crowdfunding Campaign

The invasion of Ukraine on 24 February 2022 and the expansion of the war zone across the country have had a significant impact on the country’s scientific activity. Much civilian infrastructure has been destroyed, including higher education and research institutions.

Through a number of programmes, such as Science for Ukraine, support is being provided to Ukrainian researchers, but this support has not been extended to staff working alongside researchers in knowledge generation: the librarians, editors, technicians, and administrative staff at universities, research institutes, and other infrastructures.

Yet preserving the knowledge, expertise, and knowledge-sharing capabilities of these scientific communities is of vital importance.

What can we do to help?

Supporting Ukrainian Editorial Staff (SUES) is an initiative by various European institutions, infrastructures, and organizations (Institute of Literary Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences [IBL-PAN], OPERAS, Directory of Open Access Journals [DOAJ], Directory of Open Access Books [DOAB], Electronic Information for Libraries [EIFL], Association of European University Presses [AEUP]), as well as a number of French scientific publishers, aimed at supporting scientific communication in Ukraine and helping scholarly journals and academic publishers to continue their publishing activities.

Did you know that there are more than 1,000 academic journals in Ukraine? Over 700 of these are open access journals published via the URAN platform. The publication of academic books is also extensive, with more than 20 Ukrainian university presses currently distributed via the CEEOL portal. These publications, in fields ranging from physics to literature via history, sociology, and biology, are key vehicles for the communication of knowledge generated by Ukrainian researchers. The editors, reviewers, typesetters, proofreaders, translators, and technical and administrative staff working in the various publishing centres need your support to continue their mission: to share and disseminate knowledge.

A questionnaire is being circulated around Ukrainian journals and publishers to help accurately identify their needs in terms of financial and technical support. The requests received so far relate primarily to remuneration for editorial work, to enable them to continue their work and to publish the next issue of their journal or their next book. The purpose of this campaign is to help 10 journals or publishers to keep publishing. In the long term, the project is also aimed at strengthening relationships and exchanging knowledge to ensure the international presence and visibility of Ukrainian academic publishers. Thanks to your contribution, Ukrainian scholarly journals and scientific publishers will be able to continue sharing knowledge.

A crowdfunding campaign is being run from Wednesday, 4 May to Monday, 6 June 2022, to raise money to help Ukrainian journals who have requested assistance from the coalition. Unique compensation will be offered in return for any financial support offered.

Link to the crowdfunding webpage:


Open Access Books Network becomes an OPERAS Special Interest Group | Open Access Books Network

The Open Access Books Network (OABN) is pleased to share that it has become an OPERAS Special Interest Group (SIG), and as such it is now formally supported by OPERAS, the European Research Infrastructure supporting open scholarly communication in the social sciences and humanities (SSH) in the European Research Area.

OSC 2022: “Scholarly Communication in the Open Science framework: The Diamond Open Access model” – YouTube

“Presntation by Suzanne Dumouchel // Huma-Num (CNRS), France

The talk will present the Action Plan for Diamond Open Access, developed by Science Europe, cOAlition S, OPERAS, and the French National Research Agency (ANR). The goal of the Action Plan is to further develop and expand a sustainable, community-driven Diamond OA scholarly communication ecosystem. The Action Plan proposes to align and develop common resources for the entire Diamond OA ecosystem, including journals and platforms, while respecting the cultural, multilingual, and disciplinary diversity that constitutes the strength of the sector. It focuses on four central elements: efficiency, quality standards, capacity building, and sustainability, following up on the recommendations of the ‘Open Access Diamond Journals Study’. ”

Action Plan for Diamond Open Access | Zenodo

“Science Europe, cOAlition S, OPERAS, and the French National Research Agency (ANR) present an Action Plan for Diamond Open Access to further develop and expand a sustainable, community-driven Diamond OA scholarly communication ecosystem. It focuses on efficiency, quality standards, capacity building, and sustainability, and it addresses the alignment and development of common resources for the whole Diamond OA ecosystem, including journals and platforms, while respecting the cultural, multilingual, and disciplinary diversity that constitutes the strength of the sector. The Action Plan intends to create an inclusive worldwide community that has the tools to strengthen existing Diamond OA journals and platforms and increase their visibility.”

Action Plan for Diamond Open Access | Science Europe

Ancion, Zoé, Borrell-Damián, Lidia, Mounier, Pierre, Rooryck, Johan, & Saenen, Bregt. (2022). Action Plan for Diamond Open Access. Zenodo.

Science Europe, cOAlition S, OPERAS, and the French National Research Agency (ANR) present this Action Plan to further develop and expand a sustainable, community-driven Diamond OA scholarly communication ecosystem.

It proposes to align and develop common resources for the entire Diamond OA ecosystem, including journals and platforms, while respecting the cultural, multilingual, and disciplinary diversity that constitutes the strength of the sector.

OPERAS is looking forward to welcome its new Chief Technology Officer in April

OPERAS is glad to announce that Sy Holsinger will join the OPERAS Research Infrastructure as Chief Technology Officer on April 1st


The OPERAS Research Infrastructure is building up its scholarly communication services for social sciences and humanities in the European Research Area within different projects and with multiple partners and service providers. Therefore, the position of the Chief Technology officer is a key role to merge together the different services and facilities in a common strategy. His main taks is to define the technical strategy to ensure the delivery, sustainability, efficiency, and effectiveness of the first set of OPERAS’ main services. The role will serve as the primary driver and catalyst for the delivery of the technical ambitions of OPERAS. 

Sy Holsinger spent more than ten years at the EGI Foundation as Strategy and Innovation Team Lead and Business Development Manager. He has over fifteen years experience in EU-funded projects providing both management and support roles related to the development and implementation of e-Infrastructures for research and innovation as well leading commercial exploitation such as in the series of EGEE projects, EGI flagship projects, and EOSC-hub and EOSC Future projects. In addition, he is a certified expert, trainer and auditor (ISO 19011) in both FitSM (Service Management) and ISO/IEC 27001 (Information Security) standards, and volunteers as Co-chair of ITEMO (IT Education Management Organization) to evolve the FitSM standard. Sy studied Business Communications and Management in the U.S as well as served in the U.S. Air Force.

OPERAS is looking forward to welcoming him in the OPERAS Coordination Team and as the second official staff member of the OPERAS AISBL.

As OPERAS is currently growing and will be recruiting more staff in 2022. Follow our job announcements for new calls and our twitter channel to join our team.

Funding OPERAS complete

Ausschreibung: Referent/in in der EU-geförderten Forschungsinfrastruktur OPERAS (m/w/d) 80%E13, fixed-term until April 2023. Application deadline: Jan 28, 2022.

Die Max Weber Stiftung – Deutsche Geisteswissenschaftliche Institute im Ausland (MWS) sucht für ihre Geschäftsstelle in Bonn zum nächstmöglichen Zeitpunkt bis zum April 2023

eine Referentin / einen Referenten (m/w/d) 80% in der EU-geförderten Forschungsinfrastruktur OPERAS.

Die Max Weber Stiftung ( unterhält elf Forschungsinstitute und mehrere Au?ßenstellen in 15 Ländern. Sitz der Stiftung ist Bonn. Weltweit werden über 350 Mitarbeiterinnen und Mitarbeiter beschäftigt und zahlreiche Stipendiatinnen und Stipendiaten gefördert.
Seit 2017 ist die MWS in führender Position bei der EU-geförderten Forschungsinfrastruktur OPERAS ( engagiert. Damit ist sie am Aufbau einer forschungsgetriebenen Infrastruk?tur für die Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften im europäischen Forschungsraum beteiligt. Im Rahmen von OPERAS läuft das Projekt TRIPLE (, das die multilinguale Discovery?Plattform GoTriple ( bis zur Nutzungsreife entwickelt und verfügbar macht, damit im europäischer Forschungsraum Literatur, Forschungsdaten, Projekte und Forschende identifiziert und gefunden werden können.
Für dieses innovative Projekt sucht die MWS eine Person, die den gesamten Bereich der Wissenschafts?kommunikation und Vernetzung unter den Projektbeteiligten von TRIPLE selbst, dann innerhalb der For?schungsinfrastruktur OPERAS und schließlich auf europäischer und deutschen Ebene wahrnimmt.

• Sie leiten das Arbeitspaket „Communication & Dissemination“ im Projekt TRIPLE und koordi?nieren Arbeitsgruppen zu verschiedenen Themen,
• Sie verantworten die Kommunikationsstrategie im Projekt und sorgen auf diese Weise für eine koordinierte Bereitstellung aller relevanten Informationen innerhalb des Projekts TRIPLE und der Forschungsinfrastruktur OPERAS,
• Sie organisieren die Wissenschaftskommunikation mit ihren verschiedenen Formaten (z.B. Pro?jekt-Website, Twitter, Mailinglisten), über die die Ergebnisse im Projekt TRIPLE in der Wissen?schafts-Community verbreitet werden,
• Sie kümmern sich um die Fortentwicklung und Bereitstellung von Kommunikationsmaterial für TRIPLE (virtuell und im Druck),
• Sie organisieren Konferenzen, Workshops und Webinare,
• Sie sind zuständig für das Projektbudget in Ihrem Aufgabenbereich (gemeinsam mit einer Kol?legin aus der Verwaltung),
• Sie dokumentieren die Arbeit in diesem Projekt und sind verantwortlich für das Berichtswesen. Ihr Profil?

•ein Abschluss (Master) eines Studiums in einem geistes-, sozial-, bibliotheks- oder informati?onswissenschaftlichen Fach,
• Exzellente Kommunikationsfähigkeit und Organisationsfähigkeit, – 2 –
• Versierter Umgang mit Textverarbeitungs-, Tabellenkalkulations- und Präsentationsprogram?men,
• Kenntnisse in einem geläufigen Webcontentmanagementsystem, vorzugsweise WordPress,
• Erfahrung in der Handhabung sozialer Medien (Blogs, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn),
• Sichere Englischkenntnisse (Projektsprache) in Wort und Schrift auf Level C1; Französisch?kenntnisse sind von Vorteil.

• Kenntnisse und Erfahrungen in den Methoden und Konzepten der Digital Humanities, beson?ders in Bezug auf das digitale Publizieren,
• Einschlägige IT-Kompetenzen, etwa in den Bereichen Webtechnologien, X-Technologien und Softwarearchitekturen,
• Kenntnisse im Bereich Open Science.

Sie kooperieren intensiv mit den Projektpartnern aus mehreren europäischen Ländern. Dazu gehören auch gelegentliche Reisen. Dementsprechend bringen Sie eine große Offenheit für diese Form des wis?senschaftsorganisatorischen Arbeitens mit und gestalten die Projektprozesse aktiv mit. Dazu gehört auch die Fähigkeit, sowohl mit Vertretern sowohl der IT- und Digital Humanities als auch aus geistes?wissenschaftlichen Fächern zu kooperieren.

Wir bieten bei Vorliegen der Voraussetzungen eine Vergütung bis zur Entgeltgruppe 13 TVöD (Bund) mitsamt den tariflichen Nebenleistungen und der Möglichkeit eines Jobtickets. Es besteht die Möglichkeit zur Arbeit im Home Office. Die Stelle ist grundsätzlich teilzeitgeeignet.

Die Max Weber Stiftung ist ein nichtdiskriminierender Arbeitgeber und legt großen Wert auf die Verein?barkeit von Beruf und Familie. Schwerbehinderte Menschen werden bei gleicher Eignung, Befähigung und fachlicher Leistung bevorzugt berücksichtigt.

Für weitere Auskünfte steht Ihnen Herr Dr. Michael Kaiser (Tel. 0228-377 86 24) zur Verfügung. Ihre Bewerbung richten Sie bitte bis zum 28. Januar 2022 an folgende Emailadresse: ope?ras_triple(at)

Die Vorstellungsgespräche sind für den 8. Februar 2022 in Bonn geplant. Je nach Stand der pandemie?bedingten Einschränkungen behält die MWS sich vor, die Gespräche per Vide

Bring your OA game | Commonplace

by Agata Morka and Rupert Gatti

The end of June 2021 marked the finishing line for the OPERAS-P project, a European Union funded giant, in which multiple institutions came together to carve a path forward for Open Science in Social Sciences and Humanities. As part of the Work Package focused on innovation we investigated innovative business models for Open Access (OA) books. Our goal was ambitious: we aimed to develop, collate, and share knowledge on alternative (non-BPC) approaches to funding and publishing OA books. To fulfill this general goal, we wanted to better understand the perspectives of two crucial stakeholders in the book publishing ecosystem: libraries and publishers. Over the past fifteen months we have been researching, writing, and most importantly listening to the academic librarians and publishers to decipher their needs, hopes, and challenges they encounter when working with OA books. Coming from a publishing background, we felt that we had a relatively good understanding of this stakeholders group, so we started with the one we knew the least about: that of academic libraries. We wanted to know more about how they think, work, and decide for or against innovative projects for OA books.

How to build a more inclusive SSH scholarly landscape | F1000Research

“There are several layers that need to be unpacked. The scholarly communication landscape in the SSH is very diverse,  which is not in itself a bad thing, but more communication and coordination between different institutions and stakeholders is needed. Moreover, the open science policies vary across Europe and there’s no consensus among researchers on how important and prestigious open access is. Similarly, digital innovations are adopted to a varying extent by different disciplines and individual scholars, with some curious and eager to experiment with different forms and others sticking to safer, more traditional solutions (interestingly, it often has nothing to do with the career stage!). 

The evaluation criteria have not caught up with the digital transformation and so many authors end up publishing via more traditional outputs even though they would rather experiment with the former as they know that they need to have the established publications  – for example articles in prestigious journals – on their academic resume.

There is another issue linked to evaluation: often publications in English are recognised as more valuable by funders or institutions which is not the best situation, especially in the case of domestic authors addressing important local issues in their native language.

There are several layers to a successful research infrastructure in the SSH. Firstly -and this really is key -it needs to be inclusive, so open to different stakeholders representing diverse perspectives.

Secondly, the infrastructure has to be dedicated to the specific traits of SSH: for example, research outputs often tend to be more traditional than in the case of hard sciences (‘the monograph is the king,’ claimed one of our interviewees in the OPERAS-P project) and there is often less funding for opening up research. Multilingualism is also an important aspect of the SSH as it is crucial that a topic that is important to smaller, local communities can be presented to them in a way that they can understand.

Thirdly, it needs to be researcher-driven, thus reflecting the actual needs of the scholars and be developed with the collaborators from various academic circles….”

Report on the OPERAS-P Workshop “The Future of Scholarly Communication”

The Future of Scholarly Communication

“The Future of Scholarly Communication” workshop was organised as a part of OPERAS Innovation Lab, which aims to facilitate communication and knowledge exchange within a field of digital humanities. The OPERAS Innovation Lab is led by IBL PAN, a partner in the OPERAS-P consortium and Executive Assembly member.

The main task of OPERAS Innovation Lab is to conduct user research in order to define the actual needs of the community with regards to open scholarly communication. Another important task is also analysing the existing innovative solutions in this field. These activities allow to improve, prepare – and sometimes prototype – services that respond to the needs of the community. 

The activities of the OPERAS Innovation Lab officially started within the WP6 “Innovation” in the OPERAS-P project. See the main findings and recommendations for stakeholders involved in scholarly communication in the final report “Future of Scholarly Communication. Forging an inclusive and innovative research infrastructure for scholarly communication in Social Sciences and Humanities” (DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.4922512) and in detailed task reports openly published on Zenodo

To further discuss and develop the future of scholarly communication, the OPERAS-P virtual workshop, “The Future of Scholarly Communication,” was held on February 24th–26th. During the three days of seminars, 341 participants discussed digital transformation challenges in humanities and social sciences (SSH).

The seminars were linked to a question: How can we effectively develop digital tools in order to apply novel research approaches, build interdisciplinary collaboration, raise the prestige of Open Access contributions and disseminate them outside academia? 

On each day two seminars were held. The two workshops on the first day were devoted to governance and business models. The panelists and participants discussed how new models of governance should embrace cultural and language diversity of research teams in SSH. They brought up the issue of institutional hierarchy within academia as opposed to more horizontal models specific for projects in digital humanities. The second panel concerned business models and publishing practices for academic books and monographs – an underdeveloped area of Open Access. 

On the second day, participants delved into bibliodiversity and multilingualism in SSH. In SSH disciplines, language is not only a tool but also an object of research. Using native languages is often crucial for these disciplines to achieve meaningful impact in local communities. Panelists debated  how digital tools should address this need and facilitate multilingual research and collaboration. The next panel was dedicated to processing academic publications as research data according to the FAIR principles (making them findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable). 

On the last day, panelists discussed the future of scholarly writing: publishing practices and scholars’ needs in the time of Open Access development. The starting point was a case study analysis of tools, services and digital projects enriched with interviews with researchers, librarians and publishers. The last panel was devoted to evaluation and assessment of academic writing. Its purpose was to exchange ideas for new models of evaluation that will take into account various types of academic achievements, such as monographs or digital editions and projects. 

“The Future of Scholarly Communication” workshop was organised as a part of OPERAS Innovation Lab, which aims to facilitate communication and knowledge exchange within a field of digital humanities. The OPERAS Innovation Lab is led by IBL PAN, a partner in the OPERAS Consortium.

You may find presentations from the seminars published here and the results were summed up in the report.

A short overview on the OPERAS Innovation Lab is given in this video presentation:

Maciej Maryl, Director, Digital Humanities Centre, IBL PAN” and Marta Blaszczynska, Coordinator, Digital Humanities Centre, IBL PAN” present the OPERAS Innovation Lab coordinated by the Institute of Literary Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences (IBL PAN)! #OPERASLab

Funding OPERAS-P

OPERAS report “Future of Scholarly Communication. Forging an inclusive and innovative research infrastructure for scholarly communication in Social Sciences and Humanities” | Zenodo

Avanço, Karla, Balula, Ana, B?aszczy?ska, Marta, Buchner, Anna, Caliman, Lorena, Clivaz, Claire, … Wieneke, Lars. (2021, June 29). Future of Scholarly Communication . Forging an inclusive and innovative research infrastructure for scholarly communication in Social Sciences and Humanities. Zenodo.


This report discusses the scholarly communication issues in Social Sciences and Humanities that are relevant to the future development and functioning of OPERAS. The outcomes collected here can be divided into two groups of innovations regarding 1) the operation of OPERAS, and 2) its activities. The “operational” issues include the ways in which an innovative research infrastructure should be governed (Chapter 1) as well as the business models for open access publications in Social Sciences and Humanities (Chapter 2). The other group of issues is dedicated to strategic areas where OPERAS and its services may play an instrumental role in providing, enabling, or unlocking innovation: FAIR data (Chapter 3), bibliodiversity and multilingualism in scholarly communication (Chapter 4), the future of scholarly writing (Chapter 5), and quality assessment (Chapter 6). Each chapter provides an overview of the main findings and challenges with emphasis on recommendations for OPERAS and other stakeholders like e-infrastructures, publishers, SSH researchers, research performing organisations, policy makers, and funders. Links to data and further publications stemming from work concerning particular tasks are located at the end of each chapter.

Balula and Leão (2021) Multilingualism within Scholarly Communication… |

Balula, A., & Leão, D. (2021). Multilingualism within Scholarly Communication in SSH. A literature review. JLIS.It, 12(2), 88–98.


It is undeniable that scholarly publication is boosted nowadays by the use of the English language, but this does not (and cannot) mean that the other languages have to be obliterated as scientific and cultural agents, equally valid and indispensable. Therefore, multilingualism is an expression of bibliodiversity that has to be protected and cherished, particularly in the area of Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH), a field in which culturally and societally relevant studies are made in local languages, when approaching areas such as cultural heritage, education, migration, public administration. The main goal of this paper is to present a literature review in order to identify the main aspects influencing language selection and the use of multilingualism within scholarly communication, allowing for putting forward recommendations for future initiatives aiming at enhancing multilingualism, particularly in connection with the opportunities deriving from Open Science.