Welcome to our newsletter – and to stories of virtual journeys. Perhaps, like Chaucer’s pilgrims, the SSHOC community were inspired by the cool, rainy, April weather to get out and explore new territories and meet fellow travellers. You flocked to join the SSHOC Training Community - in fact, you arrived in droves at all our attractions despite not being able to leave your desks!

In this issue, details of the itineraries and activities that drew the biggest crowds to the SSHOC website and associated online gatherings during April. Pour yourself a mug of ale and enjoy the read!




On 20 April we unveiled the SSHOC Training Toolkit, a fully searchable collection of training materials sourced from some 41 different training organisations and individual experts across Europe. Slides, modules, videos, games and other items cover a range of topics from research data management, FAIR data, and Open Science to text encoding and quantitative analysis.

Browse the Toolkit on the SSHOC website here.




A total of five webinars were made available to the SSHOC community during April. Browse our You Tube channel for a quick overview or select a topic from the list below to access slides, a recording, and background information for a particular webinar.


You can register now for the 18 May webinar Tools and resources to make EMM survey data FAIR




  • D8.2 Certification plan for SSHOC repositories is the first deliverable in the task "Trust and Quality Assurance" and lays the groundwork for the adoption of Trustworthy Digital Repository (TDR) standards and FAIR principles in data respositories across the social sciences and humanities.
  • D4.18 SSHOC Reference Ontology (beta version) provides a preliminary definition of the SSHOC Reference Ontology (SSHOCro), an ontological model and RDF schema for organising knowlege and information distributed across primary information sources within SSHOC.




In the few short weeks since the first official meeting of the SSHOC Training Community in late March, numbers have grown beyond our expectations. As of this writing, our members include researchers, librarians and academics from as far afield as Brazil, Nigeria, Mali, Fiji, Canada, and Nepal. Welcome, one and all! 

If you’ve not yet joined and you’re eligible, learn more and sign up here.




Some months ago, we launched a survey to discover and map the most commonly used vocabularies in SSH research practice. There’s still time to participate - deadline to provide contributions is 31 May 2020.




In the last issue we announced that we’d organised a workshop during the ICTeSSH 2020 Conference in Amsterdam in June to gauge user reaction to the alpha version of the SSH Open Marketplace. In the light of the uncertainty around COVID-19, the event will now take place on line. We’re still looking for testers, however, and would love to hear from you if you'd like to get an early preview of the system - and the opportunity to present your views in a public forum! All details here.


In this article, the full roll-out plan for the further development of the SSH Open Marketplace after June, including information about how you can contribute and put your personal stamp on the final product!




Your travels during April have brought you in increasing numbers to our social media channels and we’ve seen significant growth in our Linked In and Twitter followers. When you feel like venturing out again, pay a visit to the WageIndicator Foundation ‘Living and Working in Corona Times’ survey. The purpose of the survey is to discover what makes the Coronavirus lockdown easier (or tougher) for citizens across 110 countries, and to gauge the effect of COVID-19 on jobs, lives and states of mind. The resulting maps and graphs are updated daily in 40 languages.


Thanks for reading through this issue of our Social Sciences and Humanities Open Cloud Insights!

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