The ECB has launched a new data visualisation resource – Our Statistics – to facilitate the comparison, analysis and download of Euro area and member state statistical data, aiming “to facilitate the understanding, use and comparison of euro area and national statistics… The set of statistics presented is publicly available in databases at the ECB, NCBs and Eurostat, and can be viewed using PCs, tablets and mobile devices. It constitutes a core set of official statistics which will be gradually extended on the basis of demand.” The ECB Statistics Division is invites feedback via: firstname.lastname@example.org. The EUI Library maintins a Eurozone, EU and European Statistical Data directory, providing access to a wide range of Europe-related resources.
GESIS, the German social sciences’ research service, invites applications for individual research visits to the EUROLAB data facility, Cologne from scholars using European micro data. The closing date for funding support is 15 December. One-month visits may be scheduled between April and June 2016. The European Data Laboratory for Comparative Social Research (EUROLAB) has an extensive collection of survey data (via the GESIS Data Archive). Successful applicants will receive a travel grant that covers travel costs (up to 450 Euro) plus accommodation. Details of access to micro data at the EUI are on this Library page.
The 2015 Financial Times/McKinsey Business Book of the Year is Rise of the Robots: technology and the threat of a jobless future by Martin Ford (EUI Library shelfmark 331.137042 FOR). The other shortlisted titles were: Misbehaving: the making of behavioural economics by Richard Thaler (330.019 THA); How Music Got Free: the end of an industry, the turn of the century, and the patient zero of piracy by Stephen Witt (381.45780266 WIT); Unﬁnished Business: Women Men Work Family by Anne-Marie Slaughter (305.420973 SLA); Losing the Signal: the untold story behind the extraordinary rise and spectacular fall of Blackberry by Jacquie McNish and Sean Silcoff (338.762138456 MCN) and; Digital Gold: The Untold Story of Bitcoin by Nathaniel Popper.
The Information Observatory, launched in November 2015, aims “to question and analyse a wide range of information and communication domains and identify structural forces that undergird changes in the information landscape.” The Observatory is managed by Prof. Dan Schiller (University of Illinois) and ShinJoung Yeo (Loughborough University). Readers can subscribe to the content alerts’ service from the Information Observatory via the right menu of the homepage. A new article on Big Data was published on 9 November.
The new Emerging Sources Citation Index was added to Thomson Retuers’ Web of Science bibliographical database on 8 November. The database is accessible via this EUI Catalogue record. ESCI increases Web of Science coverage by 1,500 journals – providing bibliographical data from peer-reviewed journals “of regional importance and in emerging research fields… ESCI will make important regional content visible.” Full details of the Web of Science cross-indexing with Google Scholar are on this Library page.
The European Commission has launched a new Eurobarometer interactive search system with three options for searching survey datasets: (i) Select a question or topic, using keyword search or a thesaurus list, (ii) Choose a region and generate Eurobarometer survey results by country/countries and (iii) Consult a specific Eurobarometer wave. Eurobarometer is a series of multi-topic, pan-European surveys on attitudes towards EU institutions, integration, policies, social conditions, health, culture, the economy, citizenship, security, information technology, the environment and other topics. Further details are on this Library page.