OPERAS Scientific Advisory Committee

The OPERAS Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) is an independent body, composed by 14 experts, providing advice and recommendations to the Executive Assembly on the ethical, scientific and technical area for current and future projects as well as OPERAS activities. For instance, the OPERAS SAC contributes in defining the scientific, technical, and ethical criteria for our discovery platform and is invited to give advice to specific related to resources harvesting and content providers and to shape the path of the infrastructures future. 


Melanie Imming (Co-Chair), Imming Impact

Melanie Imming
Melanie Imming (private)

Melanie Imming is Community Manager Open Science at SURF, the Netherlands’ infrastructure provider for research, and owner of immingimpact.eu. She is involved in different (international)  initiatives on topics like FAIR data, data stewardship, open science engagement and digital cultural heritage. Melanie leads the project Accelerate Open Science within the framework of The Netherlands National Platform Open Science. She co-authored the reports Data Stewardship on the map; A study of tasks and roles in Dutch Research Institutes and FAIR Data Advanced Use Cases: from principles to practice in the Netherlands. She wasa member of the Knowledge Exchange task and finish group Economy of Open Science – Use cases and storytelling. Over the years, she has been involved in 15+ Horizon2020 and FP7 projects like the EOSCpilot, EUDAT and Openaire as Head of international projects for LIBER Europe. Previously, she worked as Senior Project Manager at the National Library of the Netherlands. Melanie has a MA in Political Science from the University of Amsterdam.

Twitter: @melimming; Orcid: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2376-9755

Koen Vermeir (Co-Chair), CNRS

Koen Vermeir
Koen Vermeir (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Koen Vermeir is a CNRS Research Professor in history and philosophy of science, Editor-in-Chief of the international peer-reviewed journal Centaurus, and director of TECHNE, an international book series. As the Immediate Past Co-Chair of the Global Young Academy (GYA), he strives for a more inclusive research ecosystem and aims to empower young researchers globally. As a historian and philosopher, one of his research topics concerns research as a global public good.

Koen is involved in open science policy at the European and global levels. He has led the Open Science Working Group of the GYA, he established a “Global Working Group on Open Science”, a new consortium of the GYA and a global network of National Young Academies, and he is a member of the Open Science Task Force of ALLEA, the European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities, and of the Open Science Working Group of the Inter Academy Panel (IAP).

He was a member of the Open Science Policy Platform (OSPP), the EU High Level Group that advised the European Commission on Open Science. He is part of the team that is developing the new Open Research Europe (ORE) platform, the Open Access publishing platform of the European Commission. He is a member of the cOAlition S Task Force that will develop a Monitor tracking the impact of Plan S on the research community. He is a director at the Governance Board of Open Research Central (ORC), a global standards body (SDO) with representatives from across the research and Open Science community to work out open research publishing principles. He has also been working with UNESCO on Open Science, including preparations and consultations for the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science. He has organized conference and workshops on aspects of Open Science and co-authored several reports on Open Science, including one on global access to open research software.

Twitter: @KoenVermeir


Jonathan Chibois, Interdisciplinary Institute of Contemporary Anthropology (IIAC)

Jonathan Chibois
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Jonathan Chibois is an anthropologist, PhD from the School of Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS, Paris, France) since 2019, currently associate researcher at the Interdisciplinary Institute of Contemporary Anthropology (IIAC). At the crossroads of political anthropology, the sociology of work and the history of technologies, his research work has as its central theme the question of the transformation of communication infrastructures within organisations since the end of the 19th century. In his thesis dedicated to the case of the French National Assembly, he was interested, among other things, in the consequences of the emergence of digital work environments on the ordinary activities of law-making. He then extended his interest in collective professional practices during a post-doctoral research at OpenEdition (member of OPERAS) within a citizen science project called PLACES aimed at drafting the specifications of a digital collaborative platform for journalists and social science researchers wishing to conduct common fieldwork investigations. Besides, for the past ten years, he has been keeping an online research notebook (“LASPIC | Carnet” on Hypotheses.org), which has a privileged place in his daily scientific practices, and which is at the origin of his keen interest in the challenges of open scientific communication.


Elea Giménez Toledo, Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)

Elea Giménez Toledo
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Elea Giménez Toledo is tenured Scientist at Institute of Philosophy, Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) since 2006. PhD in Library and Information Science (University Carlos III de Madrid). She is head of ILIA: Research Team on Scholarly Book, principal Investigator of Scholarly Publishers Indicators (SPI) and coordinator of ES CIENCIA Interdisciplinary Thematic Platform, an institutional project by CSIC on Spanish as a language of scientific communication. She has coordinated the reports on Spanish Academic Book Publishing developed for Federation of Spanish Publishers (FGEE) and the Association of Spanish University Presses (UNE).

Her research is focused on academic book publishing and its connection with research evaluation of humanist and social scientists. The relevance of the academic book industry in each country, the intrinsic value of the publication of results in monographs, quality in publishing, the manuscript selection processes, bibliodiversity, multilingualism in scholarly communication, digital transformation and open access transition for small and medium size publishers are fundamental axes of her research. She is now conducting a research project on scholarly book publishing at Iberoamerican level in collaboration with Regional Center for the Promotion of Books in Latin America and Caribbean (CERLALC) and Association of Latin American and Caribbean university presses (EULAC). She is also leading, together with Gunnar Sivertsen (NIFU, Norway), the development of Academic Book Publishers (ABP): a global and multilingual register, an initiative backed by ENRESSH COST action.

Twitter: @ILIA_CSIC


Jean-Claude Guédon, Université de Montréal (professeur honoraire)

Jean-Claude Guédon
Jean-Claude Guédon (private)

Jean-Claude Guédon, a historian of science by training, retired as “professeur honoraire” from the Université de Montréal at the end of 2018. His interest in scholarly communication started with an on-line journal, Surfaces – the oldest in Canada, now available on the Érudit site – that ran from 1991 until 2001. He is one of the original signatories of the Budapest Open Access Initiative and has been active in the open access, open science movements ever since. Expert for the European Commission since 2008, he chaired the Expert Group on the Future of Scholarly Communication and Publishing between 2017 and 2019. He is a member of the Scientific Board of the Nexa Centre for Internet and Society at the Politecnico of Turin and he also collaborates with various UNESCO initiatives on open science.


John Howard, University College Dublin / Coláiste Ollscoile, Baile Átha Cliath

John Howard
John Howard (private)

John B. Howard, Dr is University Librarian and Adjunct Professor of Computer Science and Informatics at University College Dublin (UCD); he also serves as Head of the Irish Social Science Data Archive (ISSDA) and Irish National Coordinator for the Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives (CESSDA ERIC). He holds a concurrent position as Adjunct Professor of Informatics in the School of Human Evolution & Social Change at Arizona State University. He served from 2004–2009 as Associate Dean of Libraries at Arizona State University, with a concurrent appointment as Affiliate Professor in the School of Computing and Informatics. He previously held positions at Harvard University, from 1979 through 2004, including faculty, library and administrative roles in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Harvard Medical School. Dr Howard has undertaken sponsored research in archaeology, anthropology, history and philosophy of science, and music. He has served as PI or Co-PI on awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Irish Research Council, the European Commission, the Hewlett Packard Corporation, the Laura Boulton Foundation and other funders. He has served on the boards of several organisations that support scholarship in the humanities, including the Digital Antiquity Center at Arizona State University, the Laura Boulton Foundation, the Répertoire International des Sources Musicales (RISM), and Stanford’s Center for Computer Assisted Research in the Humanities.


Mikołaj Leszczuk, AGH University of Science and Technology

Mikołaj Leszczuk
Mikołaj Leszczuk (private)

Mikołaj Leszczuk, DSc. started his professional career in 1996 at COMARCH SA as manager of the Multimedia Technology Department, and then at COMARCH Multimedia as the CEO. Since 1999 has been employed at the AGH Department of Telecommunications. In 2000 he moved to Spain for a four-month scholarship at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. After returning to Poland, he was employed at the Department of Telecommunications as a research and teaching assistant, and in 2006, he successfully defended his doctoral dissertation as an assistant professor. In 2017 he obtained the postdoctoral degree. His current research interests are focused on multimedia data analysis and processing systems, with particular emphasis on Quality of Experience. He (co-)authored approximately 150 scientific publications of which 28 are publications in journals of the JCR database. He has been teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels. He has cosupervised 1 PhD student and supervised (promoted) approximately 40 MSc students of various nationalities. He has participated in more than 20 major research projects, including FP4, FP5, FP6, FP7, Horizon 2020, OPIE, Culture 2000, PHARE, eContent+, and Eureka!. Between 2009 and 2014, he was the administrator of the major international INDECT research project, dealing with solutions for intelligent surveillance and automatic detection of suspicious behaviour and violence in urban environments. He is a member of VQEG (Video Quality Experts Group, board member), IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), and GAMA (Gateway to Archives of Media Art). The latter organization collaborates with the VQiPS (Video Quality in Public Safety) working group. More information: http://www.linkedin.com/in/miklesz


Samuel Moore, Coventry University

Samuel Moore (private)

Samuel A. Moore is an information studies researcher specialising in the ethics and politics of scholarly communication (particularly open access), infrastructural governance and the digital commons. He is currently a Research Fellow in the Centre for Postdigital Cultures at Coventry University working primarily on the Community-led Open Infrastructures for Monographs (COPIM) project. He has a Ph.D in Digital Humanities from King’s College London and over a decade’s experience as a publisher and researcher with a focus on open access. He is also one of the organisers of the Radical Open Access Collective and blogs here.


Anna Neovesky, Academy of Sciences and Literature | Mainz

Anna Neovesky
Anna Neovesky (Picture: Alexandra Indra)

Anna Neovesky is Research Coordinator and Deputy to the Secretary General at the Academy of Sciences and Literature | Mainz, an academic society and host institution of 37 fundamental longterm research projects in the humanities and the national research data infrastructure “NFDI4Culture“.
She studied medieval history and computer science and worked as a freelance software developer and founder. Since 2012, she researches, works and teaches in the field of Digital Humanities. She was awarded the “Paul Fortier Prize” of the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organisations (ADHO) for IncipitSearch, a meta search engine for music, in 2018.


Federico Pianzola, University of Milano-Bicocca and Sogang University

Federico Pianzola
Federico Pianzola (private)

Federico Pianzola is Marie Sklodowska-Curie Researcher at the University of Milano-Bicocca (Italy) and Sogang University (South Korea). He is also co-founder and managing editor of Enthymema, an Open Access international academic journal of theory, critics and philosophy of literature. He received an international PhD in Italian Literature (University of Florence, University of Cambridge), with a dissertation on aspects of myth in Primo Levi’s fictional short stories. His research also concerns narrative theory and the impact of digital technologies on literature, especially regarding digital social reading and the use of Virtual Reality. His most important works are: with S. Rebora and G. Lauer, “Wattpad as a resource for literary studies. Quantitative and qualitative examples of the importance of digital social reading and readers’ comments in the margins.” PLoS ONE (2020); “Looking at Narrative as a Complex System: the Proteus Principle,” in Narrating Complexity (Springer, 2018); with F. Passalacqua, “Epistemological Problems in Narrative Theory,” in Narrative Sequence in Contemporary Narratology (Ohio State UP, 2016). He publishes data, code, and preprints of his work on OSF https://osf.io/profile/ and GitHub: https://github.com/fedormyskin

Twitter: @fpianz


Elena Šimukovič, Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW)

Elena Šimukovič
Elena Šimukovič (private)

Elena Šimukovič is a researcher-practitioner with hands-on experience in various areas of scholarly communication. After obtaining a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science and working as a research data management coordinator at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, she moved to Vienna to start her PhD dissertation in Science and Technology Studies. In her thesis she investigates emerging transformation processes in the science system induced by the proposed transition from journal subscriptions to full Open Access in academic publishing. Becoming a member of the European Commission’s Expert Group on „Future of Scholarly Publishing and Scholarly Communication” has further allowed her to learn more about and participate in actual policy-making processes in this field.

Born and raised in Vilnius, Lithuania, Elena lived, worked and studied in several European countries, including Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, and Switzerland. Since recently, she has become team lead for publication services at the university library of Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW). Her further interests include science policy making, research evaluation and broader aspects of digital transformations in science and society.

ORCID: 0000-0003-1363-243X


Erzsébet Tóth-Czifra, DARIAH

Erzsébet Tóth-Czifra
Erzsébet Tóth-Czifra (private)

Erzsébet Tóth-Czifra works as the Open Science Officer of DARIAH-EU where she is responsible for fostering and implementing policies and practices related to the open dissemination of research results in the humanities. Her advocacy activities include providing workshops, webinars,and other training activities on a regular basis. She is also involved in European infrastructure-building projects such as OpenAire Advance, OPERAS-P and TRIPLE. She received her PhD in Cultural Linguistics from the Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest and has also a background in scholarly communication.


Irena Vipavc Brvar, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Social Sciences, Social Science Data Archives

Irena Vipavc Brvar
Irena Vipavc Brvar (private)

Irena Vipavc Brvar is the Head of the Department at the SlovenianSocial Science Data Archives at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana. She holds a MSc from Statistics, obtained at the University of Ljubljana. She has been involved in data archiving processes for more than 20 years, being a trainer and active promotor of Open Science. In this respect, she actively works with students and researchers, teaching them about research data management and FAIRification of data. She is actively involved in the preparation of training materials for end-users on a national and international level, as well as for research support staff (eg. research officers, librarians, data stewards). She is a co-author of the CESSDA Data Management Expert Guide. She is leading the Training Working Group of the Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives (CESSDA) and is involved in several H2020 funded projects, among them SSHOC and TRIPLE. She is one of the co-chairs of the RDA Node SI. Among her research interests are also research ethics and privacy protection issues.


Christine Choirat, Swiss Data Science Center