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New UN Trade Data Extraction interface for Comtrade

The UN has launched a new Trade Data Extraction interface for Comtrade, providing international merchandise trade statistics for 140 countries from 1962 to present. Users are invited to test the new resource and send feedback (via the link at the top of the beta page). Note that the test platform has a download limit of 50,000 observations. EUI members have full access to the current UN Comtrade subscription (no download limit) via the Library’s Comtrade resource page. In late June, Comtrade is scheduled to add an application programming interface (API) for ease of download, collation and integration of data. Full details.


ORCID author identifier pilot project: implementation and cost-benefit analysis

Recently a report on the benefits of ORCID (author identifier) implementation in higher education was published.

ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher and – through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission – supports automated linkages between the author and his/her professional activities ensuring that the work is recognized. ORCID is a non-profit organization supported by a global community of organizational members, including research organizations, publishers, funders, professional associations, and other stakeholders in the research ecosystem.


New online index for Economics Department Library

The Library has launched an easy-to-use index of books available at the Villa San Paolo. Links to eBooks for Economics Department courses are provided. Books and manuals are listed in alphabetical order by author/editor. VSP shelfmark locations are provided in the right column of the Index. The Villa San Paolo Library contains 303 course works; 60 statistical data software manuals; 26 economic handbooks and 12 economic reference works. An overview of services at the Economics Departmental Library is on this Library page. Full details of works available at the Departmental Library are on the new Index page.


eBook Collection in Economics Expanded

The EUI Library has expanded access to eBooks in Economics and Statistical Theory with the addition of 30 core course texts from MIT Press. The full list of eBooks for EUI Economics Departmental courses is on this Library page. The MIT course texts are available (EUI members only) via the EBSCO eBook platform. Paper copies are available at the Badia Library and the Departmental Library. New title list and direct Catalogue links.


EUROLAB Support for Research Data Missions

The closing-date for data mission support applications under the EUROLAB initiative, Cologne, is the 31st of May.  The following resources and support are provided: survey data access; research methodology support; statistical software; logistical support. The invitation covers “international comparative social research using survey data provided by the GESIS Data Archive for the Social Sciences… successful applicants will receive a travel grant that covers travel costs (economy class, up to €450) and accommodation.” Full details