Digital Toolbox


The digital tools enable you to personalise content from our virtual research infrastructure on We are developing the idea of a Digital Toolbox where you will be able to customise content from all ePublications. The medium-term goal of the Digital Toolbox is to provide a personalised research infrastructure where you can  find,  selected and manage content which can be used to create, collaborate, share and comment on your own personal ePublications based on topics in European integration studies. They can be used for teaching, learning or research activities. 

The Digital Toolbox was born from the need to complement the traditional academic approach of acquiring knowledge through reading research results with a more active and immersive experience. We are achieving this with the development of tools that facilitate personalisation and user engagement through both the creation of new ePublications and the contribution to existing ones.

An ePublication is an enhanced publication that provides access to research together with the data and resources used to conduct that research. The's ePublications are enhanced with a wide range of resources including press articles, photographs, treaties, meeting minutes and notes, historical documents and even videos. The advantage of ePublications is that they give transparency and validity to the underlying research process and the research methods applied. An added benefit is that both ePublications and the data and resources in them can be reused in future ePublications. It is on the basis of these notions of re-use and the need to develop personalisation technology that the Digital Toolbox has been developed.

The first avaiable tool  is called MyPublications, using this tool our diverse groups of users will be able to create their own ePublications according to their specific needs. These needs could be based on research or teaching objectives as well as individual learning outcomes: the toolbox can be tailored to a variety of personal uses. 

The toolbox will enable you to re-use existing data and resources from the entire collection to create new structured ePublications which can be read using the easy-to-use presentation viewer and shared with colleagues, teachers and students. 

Tools under development

Personalised search

The personalised search tool will allow you to store your search requests on for later reference. Either because you want to review your search later or because you want to see new documents that are published on our site and which fit to your query.


MyTimelines will allow you to create engaging interactive multimedia timelines based on resources. The end result will be your personalised timelines akin to the timeline available in the ePublication : The ‘Franco-German duo’ and Europe as seen in cartoons (1945–2013).  The first release of the MyTimelines tool is sceduled for 2016