Social Sciences & Humanities Open Cloud (SSHOC)

About the project

Social Sciences & Humanities Open Cloud (SSHOC) is developing the social sciences and humanities area of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) – an ambitious project to provide European researchers and professionals with open and seamless services for storage, management, and analysis and re-use of research data.

A consortium of 20 partners and 29 collaborating organisations, coordinated by CESSDA, will transform the current social sciences & humanities data landscape with its disciplinary silos and separate facilities into an integrated, cloud-based network of interconnected data infrastructures, where data, tools, and training are available and accessible.

These data infrastructures will be supported by the tools and training which allow scholars and researchers to access, process, analyse, enrich and compare data across the boundaries of individual repositories or institutions.

Work packages

View work packages for the project.

UK Data Service contribution

  • Improving infrastructures for depositors, repositories and users through improved interoperability.
  • Supporting partners in becoming Trustworthy Digital Repositories by achieving the CoreTrustSeal.
  • Developing and collating training materials on the SSHOC and contributing to implementing a sustainable SSHOC trainer network with toolkit.
  • Enhancing and extending the infrastructure for secure remote access to research data.

Project output and impact

Framework and contract for international data use agreements on remote access to confidential data

Our contribution

  • Principal Investigator: Hervé L’Hours
  • Project Officers: Beate Lichtwardt (WP 5.4), Veerle Van den Eynden, Hina Zahid, Anca Vlad
  • Funder: EU framework programme Horizon 2020
  • Dates: January 2019 to April 2022
  • WP5 Innovations in Data Access, Task 5.4 Remote Access to Sensitive Data:
    • Beate Lichtwardt, Deborah Wiltshire, & Elizabeth Lea Bishop. (2022). D5.12 International Secure Data Facility Professionals Network (ISDFPN). Zenodo. DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.6583379
    • Beate Lichtwardt, Matthew Woollard, Deborah Wiltshire, & Elizabeth Lea Bishop. (2022). D5.11 ERAN Pilot: Setting up a Secure Remote Connection between two Trusted Research Environments (1,0). Zenodo. DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.6676393
    • Libby Bishop, Daan Broeder, Henk van den Heuvel, Brian Kleiner, Beate Lichtwardt, Deborah Wiltshire, & Yevhen Voronin. (2022). D5.10 White Paper on Remote Access to Sensitive Data in the Social Sciences and Humanities: 2021 and beyond (1.0). Zenodo. DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.6719121
    • Wiltshire, Deborah, Voronin, Yevhen, & Lichtwardt, Beate. (2022). SSHOC MS 29 Tested connections
      between partners with live data and researcher projects. Zenodo. DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.7684215
    • Matthew Woollard, Beate Lichtwardt, Elizabeth Lea Bishop, & Dana Müller. (2021). D5.9 Framework
      and contract for international data use agreements on remote access to confidential data (v1.0). Zenodo. DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.4534286


Follow this link for information on SSHOC’s European-wide partnership of 20 partners and 29 collaborating organisations.