ePublications on the European integration process in the 20th and 21st centuries
The ePublications are the main component of the CVCE.eu’s digital research infrastructure and the core of the DEI’s outputs. They are organised according to the following main categories, which vary in terms of their nature, composition, aim and target audience:
- Thematic ePublications (which form the ‘European integration studies’ collection)
- eInterviews (which form the ‘Oral history of European integration’ collection)
- Teaching eModules
- Reference databases
The CVCE.eu digital research infrastructure also contains a series of conferences, lectures and seminars as well as customised ePublications created by users via a dedicated digital tool (‘MyPublications’).
Thematic ePublications are enhanced scholarly digital publications composed of a wide range of relevant and enriched source material on a particular theme. They are geared towards research communities as well as teaching and lifelong learning communities.
eInterviews are enhanced scholarly digital publications composed of oral accounts and related selected material. They constitute a primary source for research, and they also have a legacy dimension. They are a useful resource for teaching and lifelong learning.
ePapers are enhanced scholarly digital publications composed of papers linked to relevant and enriched source material. They are intended for research purposes.
Teaching eModules are digital educational resources which feature teaching tools and a selection of relevant and enriched source material.
Reference databases (including biographies, bibliographies and a thesaurus) are a valuable resource for research and an important means of enhancing the quality of services and tools offered to all the CVCE.eu’s target audiences.
The ePublications are the main component of the CVCE.eu’s digital ecosystem, which connects creators, publications, sources and users. They are all part of a major concerted effort to produce and transfer knowledge in an interconnected way. The CVCE.eu’s ePublications are therefore closely interrelated:
- The thematic ePublications incorporate oral history primary sources in the form of selected interview excerpts and are linked to the reference databases.
- The eInterviews are primarily produced for research purposes in line with the development of the thematic ePublications and are linked to the reference databases.
- The ePapers are also a result of the research process and are connected to the development of the thematic ePublications, the eInterviews and the reference databases.
- The teaching eModules are knowledge transfer outputs based on the resources contained in the thematic ePublications, the eInterviews and the reference databases.
- The reference databases (particularly the biographies, bibliographies and thesaurus) provide resources and enrich all the other categories, and the development of ePublications also leads to the creation of new entries in the reference databases.
The CVCE.eu’s ePublications share common features, with additional specific features for each category.
In line with the high-level principles governing the development of the CVCE.eu’s digital research infrastructure, the ePublications are a result of cross-disciplinary and cross-sector work combining European integration studies and disciplines/expertise related to the application of ICT-based methods and tools. They represent a new form of born-digital publication whose development provides an opportunity for experimentation and innovation. They are based on a collaborative approach resulting from the broad range of expertise available at the University of Luxembourg and from external cooperation with its target communities (research and teaching). They are developed for research and/or educational purposes and are open to society at large.
The CVCE.eu’s ePublications are multimedia publications composed of a wide range of source material (texts, images, video and audio clips, etc.). They are available in several languages and contain multilingual resources.
The CVCE.eu’s ePublications are subject to an internal and external peer review process to ensure a high standard of quality.
The University of Luxembourg favours open access and offers users free online access to its ePublications. In compliance with intellectual property rights, the CVCE.eu’s ePublications provide information on copyright and the terms and conditions governing their use and reuse at various levels. They are also developed in compliance with personal data protection and confidentiality standards.
The CVCE.eu’s ePublications are citable.
In connection with the principle of sustainability of CVCE.eu, the ePublications are maintained, updated and enhanced with new features in order to guarantee a high level of quality and to provide long-term access to target communities via a persistent URL.