Defining FAIR in the SSH: issues, cultures and practical implementations

Organizers: Elena Giglia - University of Turin, Arnaud Gingold - Open Edition-CNRS, Delfim Leão - Coimbra University, Ana Miguéis - Coimbra University, Bruno Neves - Coimbra University, Franco Niccolucci - Univ. Florence, Erzsébet Tóth-Czifra - DARIAH, Peter Kraker - OKMaps, TRIPLE Discovery platform
Duration: 2 hrs

The workshop will engage the SSH community in defining FAIR data in their disciplines, in exploring possible solutions to address the multilingualism, in focusing on practical solutions to create a FAIR ecosystem.

Workshop abstract

Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) are characterized by the fragmentation of research fields, across many disciplines and sub-disciplines, usually grounded in regional, national and linguistic specific communities, resulting in a major impediment to their discovery and to their reuse from outside the specific and often small communities where they were produced. Moreover, machine readable tools and materials are rarely available and often incomplete or non-interoperable, hence accessibility and reuse are far from optimal in these fields.

Therefore, the realization of an actual and complete Open Science environment for SSH needs to address technical, organizational and cultural challenges deriving from these fragmentation and heterogeneity. The achievement of such objectives will ensure an adapted integration of SSH data into the EOSC.

In order to achieve this goal, we need a preliminary definition of what “data” means in the SSH and how the FAIR principles can apply.

The GoFAIR Implementation Network CO-OPERAS, linked to OPERAS (Open Access in the European Research Area through scholarly communication) RI, intends to address those challenges through the implementation of a FAIR ecosystem for and with the SSH communities. This ecosystem should take into account the diversity of SSH data production, type and dissemination. The workshop will thus be focused on three main topics:

  • Data: How do we define “data” in the SSH? How do the FAIR principles apply?
  • Ecosystem: What are the cultural or technical challenges for potential convergences at European and international levels? Are they a question of practices, standards, funding, twists in behavior?

target audience

The workshop is supposed to gather all the actors involved in scholarly communication in the SSH, with a particular focus on researchers and repository managers.

Learning outcomes

The learning outcomes will be:

  • a shared definition of FAIR data in the SSH;
  • a use case on FAIRification cooperation.


  • Welcome and introduction | 5 min
  • \What is “FAIR data” in the SSH
    • FAIR principles in the SSH | 10 min
    • Focus Groups: | 45 min
      • FAIR Data and discoverability | Moderator: P. Kraker
      • Is FAIR fair enough for cultural heritage? | Moderator: F. Niccolucci
      • FAIR and innovation in scholarly communication | Moderator: E. Tóth-Czifra
  • Building an international FAIR ecosystem in the SSH
    • Programmatic outline: CO-OPERAS / the new UC Digitalis ecosystem (Coimbra) | 20 min
    • Discussion | 30 min
  • Wrap-up and next steps | 10 min




17th September, 11:00

See full programme here.

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