The TRIPLE Project Officially Kicked Off

The TRIPLE project officially kicked off in Paris on Wednesday, 4 December 2019!

TRIPLE will be one of the dedicated services of OPERAS, the Research Infrastructure supporting open scholarly communication in the social sciences and humanities (SSH) in the European Research Area. The TRIPLE project is financed under the Horizon 2020 framework with approx. 5.6 million Euros for a duration of 42 months (2019-2023). At the heart of the project is the development of the TRIPLE platform, an innovative multilingual and multicultural discovery solution.

Public Event

The kick-off event, hosted by OPERAS and Huma-Num in the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme (Paris-Nord), lasted for three days and was a huge success: More than 60 people – project partners and representatives of French and European research infrastructures, small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) as well as of government authorities – attended the public project presentation, despite the general strike that made transportation difficult in Paris at the time.

Triple Kick Off David Fiala
David Fiala, project manager in History and Digital Humanities at the French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation (MESRI)

In the early afternoon, government representative David Fiala from the French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation (MESRI), gave the opening speech, followed by some introductory words by Lionel Maurel, from the French National Institute of Human and Social Sciences (INSHS) of the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS).

Triple Kick Off Adeline Joffres
Adeline Joffres, Head of International Cooperation at Huma-Num

Adeline Joffres (Huma-Num), then talked about the Huma-Num infrastructure and their work for Open Science and Digital Humanities in Europe.

Next, Suzanne Dumouchel, coordinator of TRIPLE and co-coordinator of OPERAS, presented the TRIPLE project, highlighting its goals and envisaged outputs, benefits and challenges. She also gave an update on the current developments of EOSC, the European Open Science Cloud, and how TRIPLE can be integrated into this large cross-national and cross-disciplinary virtual network of organisations and infrastructures, whose aim is “to build a competitive data and knowledge economy in Europe” (https://www.eosc-portal.eu/about/eosc).

Triple Kick Off Suzanne Dumouchel
Suzanne Dumouchel, coordinator of TRIPLE and co-coordinator of OPERAS

After the coffee break, Lionel Maurel provided a brief overview of Open Science in France, and how the National Open Science Plan, issued in July 2018, has been implemented to date.

Triple Kick Off Lionel Maurel
Lionel Maurel, deputy scientific director in charge of scientific and technical information issues (IST) at the French National Institute of Human and Social Sciences (INSHS) of the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS)

Pierre Mounier (OpenEdition), co-coordinator of OPERAS, then presented TRIPLE as a core service of the European research infrastructure OPERAS and explained what TRIPLE can offer as an innovator in research in comparison to existing discovery platforms. Pierre vividly demonstrated TRIPLE’s advantages by using research on the concept of “femicide” as an example: Currently, a researcher would need to conduct independent searches on multiple platforms in different languages. The discovery platform TRIPLE, by contrast, provides a single access point for discovering information and resources related to a specific SSH topic, including data, publications, projects and researchers, which will be enriched, annotated and indexed.

Triple Kick Off Pierre Mounier
Pierre Mounier, co-coordinator of OPERAS and deputy director of OpenEdition, the French national infrastructure dedicated to open scholarly communication in the SSH

The last two talks focused on how TRIPLE is embedded in the broader European research ecosystem. Ivana Ilijasic Versic (CESSDA), talked about the Social Sciences and Humanities Open Cloud (SSHOC) project as part of the European research landscape and EOSC.

Triple Kick Off Ivana Ilijasic Versic
Ivana Ilijasic Versic, Chief Operations Officer at CESSDA

Elena Giglia (University of Turin), presented the CO-OPERAS implementation network for FAIR data in the social sciences and humanities and its connection with TRIPLE.

Triple Kick Off Elena Giglia
Elena Giglia, Head of the Open Access Office at the University of Turin in Italy

The first day of the kick-off event ended with a cocktail buffet in the evening.

TRIPLE-internal Meetings

The public part of the event was framed by project-internal presentations and workshops by the eight work packages (WP) of TRIPLE on Wednesday morning, on the whole day of Thursday and on Friday morning.

On 5 December, the focus of presentations and talks was on the project management of TRIPLE, its governance structures and on the project’s milestones. The event participants then spread out into work package-specific workshops. Later, they also met in mixed groups.

A charming dinner with Provençal flavours in the 18th authentic arrondissement of Paris marked the end of the second day.

Triple Kick Off Emilie Blotière
TRIPLE project manager Emilie Blotière

TRIPLE project manager Emilie Blotière opened the last day of the TRIPLE Kick-off in Paris, which was dedicated to a wrap up of the meetings and discussions and a presentation on the communication of TRIPLE, given by Judith Schulte from Max Weber Foundation (MWS).

Next Steps

The 18 partners of the TRIPLE consortium are now busy following up on the outcomes of these face-to-face meetings, which are vital in such a complex innovative and long-term project.


The TRIPLE Project Officially Kicked Off