Innovative services and tools to support the study of the European integration process

Services and tools are based on the overall technical infrastructure and together with the data repository and the ePublications they form one of the core components of the research infrastructure. In general, services and tools are designed to support the research process, but they also play a significant role in the interaction with target audiences outside of the academic field, such as the teaching and lifelong learning communities and society at large.

Within the research infrastructure, services and tools can be classified according to their function in different domains: 

  • Capture and creation

This domain covers tools and services that allow the selection of new source material as well as its aggregation and transformation into digital data or its conversion from one digital format into another. It also covers the creation of new source material, for example through the recording of audio or video material for interviews or the creation of interactive diagrams and maps.

  • Data enrichment

Tools and services in this domain allow the linking of digital source material and metadata with external sources, the annotation of source material with additional information (e.g. references to external data sources) as well as the clean-up of metadata and source material.

  • Data storage, management and retrieval

Tools and services in this domain facilitate access to digitally stored source materials and metadata. They also provide efficient management and retrieval procedures.

  • Analysis

This section covers tools and services that enable the analysis of digital source material and metadata that allow a new perspective on research topics. It is the specific goal of these tools to enable insights that goes beyond what is possible with conventional approaches.

  • Dissemination

Tools and services in this domain support the activity of making a variety of ePublications available to the target audiences of


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