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Digital research infrastructure

Digital research infrastructure on European integration

 

Innovating European studies

“CVCE.eu by uni.lu” is the first digital research infrastructure on European integration, combining European studies with new technologies. With its collections of hundreds of digital publications containing more than 20,000 multimedia documents and a series of innovative digital tools, CVCE.eu is a platform for scholarly publication, dissemination and interaction with the research and teaching communities in European studies. It is used all over the world.

Two major collections

The “European integration studies” collection focus on two broad areas:

  • the key events that have shaped the history of the European integration process from the post-war period to the present day.
  • the development and workings of the various European organisations.

These digital publications contain thousands of multimedia documents in several languages, including handwritten notes, films, photos, cartoons, press articles and analytical texts.

The “Oral history of European integration” collection is composed of around a hundred interviews with key players and observers of the European integration process. Some 200 hours of recordings are available for consultation, providing primary sources for researchers specialising in European integration studies while also constituting a precious legacy for present and future generations. Directed by Dr Susana Muñoz, these collections are subject to peer review by academic experts.

Digital tools

CVCE.eu also offers a series of digital tools for analysis, data visualisation and representation that have been specially designed to meet the specific requirements of researchers in social sciences and humanities. MyPublications, for example, enables users to create and publish their own publications using the resources available in the infrastructure.

 

1996–2016: 20 years of experience

The idea of combining European integration studies with digital innovation to create a dedicated infrastructure originally came from the CVCE’s Director, Marianne Backes. She soon recognised the potential of digital technology for the field of social sciences and humanities and created the “European Navigator” (ENA) knowledge base. This pioneering concept for publication, dissemination and user engagement, designed for research and teaching purposes, then entered a new phase with the establishment of the Centre Virtuel de la Connaissance sur l’Europe (CVCE) in 2002 and the consolidation of the digital humanities component, gradually developing into a digital research infrastructure on European integration (CVCE.eu).

One of the major methodological challenges was to maintain an interdisciplinary, integrated approach. This gives the research infrastructure its unique character and serves as a basis for development. The University of Luxembourg is now responsible for ensuring the sustainability of the infrastructure and providing new prospects for its continued development.