1st TRIPLE International Conference (Virtual Event)

Empowering Discovery in Open Social Sciences and Humanities

When and where?

Monday, 22 November — Wednesday, 24 November 2021

The three-day discussions will take place in two time slots in the afternoons. All session times are Central European Time (CET).

Virtual venue (Zoom)

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What is it about, and who do we target?

The goal of the conference is to create space for discussing the impact, benefits and challenges of discovery services for the social sciences and humanities (SSH) in the European research ecosystem.

We would like to bring together members of the Open Science and SSH communities (researchers, university and library staff) as well as other TRIPLE stakeholders such as publishers, science journalists, SMEs, public authorities and policy makers.

Topics include the nascent GoTriple platform – the innovative multilingual and multicultural discovery solution for the SSH –, crowdfunding in science, business models for Open Science and the role of SSH in the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC).

Tentative programme

DAY 1: 22 November

13:30 — 14:15 CET Session 1 (part 1)
Opening talk — OPERAS, the European Research Infrastructure for the development of open scholarly communication in the social sciences and humanities & the TRIPLE project (tentative) (IBL PAN)

Introduction to OPERAS, the European Research Infrastructure for the development of open scholarly communication in the social sciences and humanities (SSH).

14:15 — 15:00 CET Session 1 (part 2)
Keynote speech — Openness in social sciences and humanities: Lessons to and from the natural sciences (Sabina Leonelli)

Building on a long-standing experience in the study of Open Science practices in the natural sciences (particularly the biological and biomedical sciences), as well as advocacy for the adoption of Open Science practices among philosophers, historians and social scientists, this talk reflects on what the more “mature” Open Science initiatives can teach to domains that are only starting to consider this way of working. Leonelli focuses both on the positive lessons, for instance around the significance of choosing metadata standards, and on the negative lessons, which include adopting problematic classification systems and failing to pay attention to the ethical and social context of data extraction and re-use.

15:30 — 17:00 CET Session 2
Talk — GoTriple: The single entry point for the social sciences and humanities into the EOSC (Emilie Blotière, Huma-Num)

This session presents GoTriple, the future discovery service of OPERAS, and how it will be integrated into and thus enrich the services of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) for the Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) communities across Europe and beyond.

GoTriple is being developed by the TRIPLE project (2019-2023). This ambitious project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation action funding scheme INFRAEOSC-02-2019 “Prototyping new innovative services” (grant agreement no. 863420) and involves 19 partners from 13 European countries.

GoTriple will be delivered in March 2023 to help researchers explore, find, access and (re)use open scholarly SSH resources in nine different languages (Croatian, English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Polish, Portugese, Spanish). The platform will collect research data and publications, researchers’ profiles and projects. Five additional innovative digital services and systems will be integrated into the platform to support research (e.g. visualisation, annotation, trust building and recommender system) and to discover new ways of funding research (e.g. crowdfunding). A short demo will present these features.

The project is resolutely user needs oriented – a community of researchers but also of non-researchers has accompanied the consortium since the beginning of the project to ensure that the platform meets their current needs. The objective is also to encourage interdisciplinarity and exchange between researchers from different disciplines and generations.

GoTriple will support scientific, industrial and societal applications of SSH by maximising the reuse of resources through Open Science and FAIR principles and a multidisciplinary transfer of knowledge. The platform will also increase the economic and societal impact of SSH resources for the scientific community at large, as well as for citizens, policy makers, media and enterprises.

DAY 2: 23 November

13:00 — 14:30 CET Session 1
Talk — How to create a social sciences and humanities (SSH) vocabulary: The GoTriple Hackathon example (Iraklis Katsaloulis, EKT and Cezary Rosiński, IBL-PAN)

This session focuses on the GoTriple vocabulary as well as on the results of the first GoTriple Hackathon in November 2021. 

The goal of the Hackathon is to assess and improve coverage of the Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) in the GoTriple vocabulary by using existing subject headings systems (i.e. systems which use specific words or phrases in order to categorise and organise books and articles) that are already in use for the organisation of publications in social sciences and humanities (SSH) disciplines in the languages that are represented in the TRIPLE project (Croatian, English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish).

In fact, the impact of the GoTriple Hackathon is much greater: The workflow created during the event helps to incorporate national, multilingual resources into the international exchange of knowledge about the procedure that should be followed in the future for the data mapping between LCSH or other international databases and national non-English data sources.

15:00 — 16:30 CET Session 2
Panel — Is crowdfunding a solution to the lack of research funding for social sciences and humanities? (Luigi di Pace, Univ. Milano-Biccoca and Mariannig Le Bechec, Univ. Lyon 1)

This session is moderated by Paula Forbes and Stefano de Paoli, University of Abertay.

In this session, we will discuss whether crowdfunding can be seen as a potential solution to the lack of funding for the social sciences and humanities (SSH). Crowdfunding is the practice of funding projects/ideas via the internet, normally done by a large group of people. GoTriple will have its own crowdfunding service, which will support SSH research projects. There is, however, a need to reflect critically on the extent to which a crowdfunding solution can help foster good quality research and also to understand how to set up such a crowdfunding solution which is successful and highly usable. The session will comprise three parts: 

  1. a presentation of selected results of the research on crowdfunding conducted for the TRIPLE project
  2. a panel discussion with invited speakers
  3. a demo presentation of the GoTriple crowdfunding solution. 

After each part, there will be time for a group discussion.

DAY 3: 24 November

13:00 — 14:30 CET Session 1
Talk & panel — Business & Open Science – contrast or complement? (Gert Breitfuss and Leonie Disch, Know-Center)

There is no single ideal business model (BM) for Open Science (OS) ecosystems that can be adopted as a standard. In this session, we will provide an overview of existing BM for OS Ecosystems based on the research conducted within the TRIPLE project. Founders/Directors of existing OS platforms provide practical insights regarding a sustainable BM. In the following panel discussion, we will debate about pros and cons of different models and derive implications towards developing a sustainable BM for OS ecosystems such as the GoTriple platform.

The session is divided into three main parts: 

  1. Overview of BMs for OS Ecosystems out of TRIPLE Competitor Analysis 
  2. Presentation of the BM of an existing OS PlatformPanel discussion on BM success factors 
  3. Wrap up & Conclusion
15:00 — 16:30 CET Session 2
Panel — GoTriple in the EOSC ecosystem (Francesca Di Donato and Monica Monachini, CNR)

This session is dedicated to the exploration of GoTriple connections and interdependencies with the major components of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) ecosystem. The panelists will be engaged in a debate, focused on the actual and envisaged relations mainly between the TRIPLE and the SSHOC project components.

The GoTriple discovery platform is designed to be integrated into the services of the EOSC for the social sciences and humanities (SSH) communities across Europe and beyond. It will enable discovering and reusing SSH resources across disciplinary and language boundaries, thus serving the European SSH community.


  • brings together digital scholarly objects of all kinds from a wide range of databases, data repositories, publishing and aggregation services, to promote findability and reduce fragmentation within SSH;
  • enables interoperability, connecting the SSH data landscape with the European scholarly data commons as well as the larger Open Science frameworks and infrastructures;
  • will serve hand in hand with the SSH Open Marketplace, a resource to search for and find a wealth of research tools (developed by the SSHOC project), as the EOSC SSH component.

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