The ROSSIO Infrastructure is developing a free and open-access platform for aggregating, organising, and connecting the digital resources in the Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities provided by Portuguese higher education and cultural institutions. This paper presents an overview of the ROSSIO Infrastructure, its main objectives, the institutions involved, and the services offered by the infrastructure’s aims through its platform—namely, a discovery portal, digital exhibitions, collections, and a virtual research environment. These services rely on a metadata-aggregation solution for bringing the digital objects’ metadata from the providing institutions into ROSSIO. The aggregated datasets are converted into linked data and undergo an enrichment process based on controlled vocabularies, which are developed and published by ROSSIO. The paper will describe this process, the applications involved, and how they interoperate. We will further reflect on how these services may enhance the dissemination of science, considering the FAIR principles.
Original languageEnglish
Article number50
Pages (from-to)1-17
Number of pages17
JournalInformation (Switzerland)
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jan 2022


  • Digital infrastructures;
  • Metadata aggregation
  • Controlled Vocabularies
  • Digital humanities
  • ICT tools
  • Social Sciences
  • Arts and Humanities
  • Digital Platforms
  • Virtual research environment
  • Exhibitions and digital collections
  • Public dissemination of science research


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