The CVCE by Uni.lu is an initiative aimed at building an innovative digital research infrastructure for European integration studies (CVCE.eu). It combines humanities research strategies with emerging ICT-based methods and tools for information processing and exploration and for knowledge creation and transfer, including experimental visualisation and collaborative investigation.
The mission is to develop high-value resources and innovative services and tools for, and in cooperation with, the research, teaching and lifelong learning communities on a global level. The centre focusses on the selection, curation, enrichment, analysis, representation and sharing of relevant source material on specific European integration research themes, from a multidimensional and transnational perspective, thus aiming to contribute to a deeper understanding of the historical, legal, economic and political dimensions of European integration.
The building of the research infrastructure takes an interdisciplinary approach combining European integration studies (the EIS Department) with digital technologies (the DH Lab). The centre’s team is constantly improving the research infrastructure, particularly by focusing on:
- the development of novel forms of digital publication, including enhanced publications;
- the implementation of an enriched metadata model to ensure enhanced ease of use, searchability and semantic linking of resources;
- the development of tools and techniques for the (re)presentation, visualisation and exploration of the centre’s e-publications (based on XML-TEI, Social Network Analysis, interactive timelines, etc.);
- the development of tools enabling a personalised approach in accordance with user interests and needs.