Social Sciences & Humanities Open Cloud

Type of project: European  |  Start date: 01/01/2019  |  End date: 30/04/2022

The project aims to provide a full-fledged Social Sciences and Humanities Open Cloud (SSHOC) where data, tools and training are available and accessible for users of SSH data.
The focus of the project is determined by the goal to further the innovation of the infrastructural support for the digital scholarship, to stimulate a multidisciplinary collaboration across the various subfields of SSH and beyond, as well as to increase the potential for the societal impact.
The intention is to create a European open cloud ecosystem for Social Sciences and Humanities, consisting of an infrastructural and human component.
The development, realisation and maintenance of user-friendly tools and services, covering all the aspects of the full research data cycle, will be built taking into account a human-centric approach and creating links between people, data, services and training.
SSHOC will encourage secure environments for sharing and using sensitive and confidential data.
Where relevant, the results of the H2020 project “EOSC-hub” will be adopted.
SSHOC will contribute to the Open Science agenda and realize the EOSC.
This project aligns with the prescribed cluster activities in order to realize a SSH cloud that can fully encompass an infrastructural support for the study of social and cultural phenomena.
Moreover, the planned SSH cloud is instrumental to Europe’s multilingualism; data in Europe are often available in multiple languages, thus making a strong incentive for the comparative research of the societal and cultural phenomena that are reflected in the language use.
The SSH cloud shall contribute to the innovations stemming from the coupling of these heterogeneous data types and work on the FAIR principle of interoperability.
One of the main objectives of WP3 – Lifting Technologies and Services into the SSH Cloud is to improve access to reliable and open data and tools enabling new research across all scientific disciplines; this is reached through the establishment of global standards, ontologies and interoperability for scientific data.
ILC-CNR will lead the Task 3.1 – Multilingual Terminology, aiming at providing backgroud resources and tools in order to support the development of services in view of a pan-European infrastructure; within this Task, ILC-CNR will lead the Subtasks T3.1.2 – Multilingual document collection and T.3.1.3 – Multilingual metadata and taxonomies for discovery.
The Deliverable D3.9 – Report on Ontology and Vocabulary Collection and Publication falls under the responsibility of ILC-CNR and is expected at the month M36.


Funding programme:
Horizon 2020

Funding body:
European Commission

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CNR-ILC role:

CNR-ILC Research Unit Chair:
Monica Monachini

Paola Baroni
Anas Fahad Khan
Francesca Frontini