SSHOC in the Time of COVID-19


Greetings to you! The good news is that even as this strange, surreal period finds many of us hunkered down in our home offices, travel bans, the sudden cancellation of strategic meetings, and the urgent need to self isolate are not interfering with progress on any aspect of the SSHOC project - or with our ability to engage effectively when we need to.


We’re also not above sequestering an entire TWITTER feed. Read about how SSHOC took over @LIBEReurope for a day in February.

Twitter takeover


We last published a round up of SSHOC activities in our December 2019 overview. Herewith a lightning tour of events since January.

  • We’ve launched a survey to discover and map the most commonly used vocabularies in SSH research practice. The deadline to provide contributions is 30 April 2020 and we’ll publish a detailed report of our findings at the end of the year. [Learn more and participate in the survey]



  • A slew of reports have been published. We’re planning to dedicate a news article to each one to help orientate you to the contents but we’re panting to keep up! Scroll down for a summary overview of the new publications in the meanwhile. Where an accompanying news article is available, we’ve linked to it.
  • As of a few weeks ago, all our project deliverables are accessible on Zenodo. This is new functionality which our users can enjoy alongside some other very important upgrades to the SSHOC website. We’ve worked very hard to improve the navigation experience for our users and provide increased functionality and more information. For a full rundown of all the changes click here.

  • We held our first ever SSHOC Webinar - a tutorial on transcribing interview data. The event was organised by consortium partner CLARIN ERIC and explored the opportunities offered by automatic speech recognition technology – and some of the pitfalls of applying it. Speaker profiles, slides, and a live recording are all available at this link.
  • We’ve organised a workshop so we can hear what researchers think about the alpha version of the SSH Open Marketplace which we’re releasing in June. We’re looking for testers by the way! [Get all the details


Reports Published

Why We Need Open Science Now

  • In an article entitled COVID-19 Highlights the Need for EOSC published this week by EOSC Secretariat, EOSC Executive Board Co-Chair Cathrin Stöver clearly articulates how EOSC is an ideal tool to respond to this public emergency by (1) opening up scientific data on the virus, (2) sharing live on-the-ground data on the spread of the virus, and (3) accessing and combining this data not only to eradicate the virus but to learn how to deal with similar viruses and future outbreaks. [Read the full article]
  • In The Coronavirus Crisis: A Humanities Perspective social historian Ida Milne lays out the “consistent dramaturgy” characterising the evolution of pandemics through the ages, and draws parallels between the current crisis and the 1918-19 Spanish flu which killed more than 50 million people globally, and more than 23,000 in Ireland. [Read the full article]
  • And in Where is social science in the coronavirus response? Santiago Ripoli from the Institute of Development Studies explains how understanding the social context of health emergencies can contribute to preparing for and controlling outbreaks. [Read the full article]

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