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Free Access to OUP resources on Refugee Law

In response to the refugee crisis in Europe, Oxford University Press has made more than 30 book
chapters, journal articles, and pieces of content from online resources freely accessible to assist those working with refugees on the ground, as well as anyone who would like to know more about the framework of rights and obligations concerning refugees


New Budget and Economic Data Portal launched by U.S. Congressional Budget Office

The U.S. Congressional Budget Office, launched a new budget and economic data portal on 1 February. The new resource provides a one-stop entry-point to the CBO’s key budget and economic projections. Founded in 1975, the CBO produces “independent analyses of budgetary and economic issues to support the Congressional budget process.” The new online resource provides links to core budget data and supplemental material, including Excel spreadsheets of economic projections and the CBO Long-Term Budget Outlook report. EUI members can access macroeconomic statistical data via the Data Portal.


Report on Open Access Monograph Publishing Released by OAPEN-UK and JISC

The results of a five-year research project on open access book publishing in the social sciences and humanities were published by OAPEN-UK / JISC on 28 January. The project was funded by the Joint Systems Information Committee (JISC) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). “Led by Jisc Collections in collaboration with funders, researchers, publishers, learned societies, universities and libraries, the project has undertaken extensive qualitative and quantitative research in order to provide an evidence base to help stakeholders make informed decisions about transitioning to open access monograph publishing.” The full report is available at this OAPEN/JISC link.


2016 ‘Global Risks Report’ released by World Economic Forum at Davos

The 11th edition of the Global Risks Report has been released at the annual WEF meeting in Davos. The report analyses 29 global risks over a 10-year period. “The risks are divided into five categories: economic, environmental, geopolitical, societal and technological.” The report is supplemented by a range of visualisation tools: a global risks interconnections map; a risk trends interconnections map; risk benchmarks and infographics. The list of contributing analysts and institutions is on this WEF page. The PDF version of the 2016 Global Risks Report is at this link.


New variable-time-matrix for EU Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (EU-SILC) launched by GESIS

On 21 January, the GESIS Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences launched a new variable-time-matrix (Excel format) for identifying EU-Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (EU-SILC) variables by type of data, reference period, unit of observation and mode of collection. EU-SILC is a cross-sectional and longitudinal sample survey, coordinated by Eurostat, based on data from the EU member states. EUI members should read the ‘How to Access’ section of this Library page which gives details of access application procedures. The GESIS site also provides transfer routines for converting EU-SILC data from .csv to Stata and SPSS. Full details.


New Release of ECRI data on household lending available via Library Data Portal from 20 January

The new wave of European Credit Research Institute (ECRI) data on international lending to households is now available to EUI members. The database has been expanded with the addition of Indian and Russian country data. ECRI data now includes observations from the 28 EU member states; 4 EFTA countries (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland); 2 EU candidate countries (Macedonia and Turkey) and 6 other countries (Australia, Canada, India, Japan, Russia and the USA). EUI members have access to this data via the Library restricted server. Full details are on this resource page.