As of January 18th 2022, SSHOC has launched the SSH Open Marketplace. It is a discovery platform for resources relevant to academics, scholars, and students of the social sciences and humanities. The range of covered resources spans from tools and services, training materials, datasets, publications and workflows.
Two basic premises are important for the SSH Open Marketplace: (1) The contextualisation of its content. By this we mean a convenient discovery se rendipity for the user who looks up one specific search term and – ideally – lands in a comprehensive larger picture, consisting not only of (for example) a tool, but also a related tutorial, use cases or even contact information of the resource providers. (2) The SSH Open Marketplace encourages the community to contribute to its database. This appeal is not only directed at the providers or creators of individual resources but also at the user base. Every visitor of the Marketplace should feel encouraged to enrich its content, which may be an enhanced resource description, the correction of flawed metadata, or just linking the resource to another one. The providers and creators of individual resources are invited to use the Marketplace as a valuable extension of their visibility within potential user communities on a European scale.
Future plans & sustainability
The SSH Open Marketplace was developed within the SSHOC project, the Social Sciences and Humanities Open Cloud project. SSHOC is an activity within the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) and connects, for instance, with the EOSC Catalogue & Marketplace and other services. Although the project funded development phase of the SSH Open Marketplace ends in April 2022, the service will be maintained and extended further on. The three European Research Infrastructures (ERICs) CESSDA, CLARIN, and DARIAH have taken responsibility for the SSH Open Marketplace and will work on extending the user base and the content of the service.