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Social Sciences and Humanities Open Cloud (SSHOC) is a project funded by the European Union as part of the Horizon 2020 program for research and innovation. While different European research endeavors and infrastructures exist, the purpose of the SSHOC project is to make them converge towards a coherent set of services provided by the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). The EOSC portal aims to gather data, tools and training resources made accessible through a simplified methodology for the benefit of the wider community.

The role of the ADS in SSHOC is to work with the National Gallery to investigate the issues of providing Open Data in Heritage Science and Archaeology. In different European countries there are varying approaches to open data access, reflecting different legal protection systems, sensitivities surrounding site location, and different attitudes to data collection (e.g. metal-detecting) by members of the public (Citizen Science). We will draw upon our experience in the UK and in a range of European projects to provide perspectives from a specific user community.