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EU Commission expert group database: Open data activism with success

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As I have blogged previously, I have requested access to the Register of EU Commission expert groups as a re-usable, machine-readable data set at the beginning of January. On 16 January, the Commission replied that the information was already public and that my request therefore was “devoid of purpose” in the sense of the EU regulation […]

Finally a reply to my request for access to EU Commission documents [updated]

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It’s been a long time I’ve been waiting for a decision by the EU Commission on my requests for access to EU documents – but today I finally received a letter signed by the Secretary General of the European Commission, Catherine Day (photo). This request concerned a set of five documents I need for my […]

Social network analysis: Core elites & peripheral monkeys

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The great thing of working with social network analysis is that is a truly inter- and transdisciplinary theoretical and methodological approach. Network analysts come from such diverse backgrounds as sociology, physics, psychology, biology or, as in my case, political science (and more). This interdisciplinary approach can sometimes lead to quite funny moments when all these […]

Horizon 2020 and plagiarism: The Guttenberg paragraph

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As a follow-up to the 7th Framework Program, which is currently the main EU instrument to support research and development, the Commission has proposed Horizon 2020. On 30 November, the Commission published its concrete proposal on “the rules for the participation and dissemination in ‘Horizon 2020 – the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020)’“. […]

Europe in Blogs and Social Networks – Further thoughts ahead of the academic workshop #ViaEU

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Hard EU politics – in particular EU law-making – is not made in social media, it is not or almost not influenced by social media communication, but it becomes more accessible through social media as political and institutional activities and conflicts are more frequently visible at the time they occur. That’s the main statement I’ve […]

Europe in Blogs and Social Networks – Some thoughts ahead of an academic workshop

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Next week, invited by @nvondarza, I’ll be speaking about “Europe in Blogs and Social Networks” (PDF, in German) with students of the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt/Oder – that’s the Frankfurt at the German-Polish border, not the ECB-Frankfurt. There’s much to say on this subject, there has been said much about it recently, and I […]

Academic blogging and Google’s new search algorithm

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We academics blog to keep our nose in the winds of reality, to make our research or the works of our colleagues visible to the real world. We blog to make academic thoughts accessible for those who are not into meticulous theoretical and methodological debates (or we use our blogs to continue these debates online). […]

Who becomes a rapporteur in the European Parliament?

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In a study on Rapporteur statistics titled “Report allocation in the European Parliament after eastern enlargement” to be published in the academic Journal of European Public Policy*, Steffen Hurka and Michael Kaeding found that in the parliamentary term 2004-09: MEPs from the 12 accession countries received significantly less reports in co-decision as well as in […]

European Parliament Intergroups: An opendata list

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Last week, I stumbled over this academic conference paper (PDF) by John David Rausch and Mary Scanlon Rauch who compare the US Congress and the EU Parliament regarding informal groups of parliamentarians. In the EU Parliament, these informal groups are called Intergroups, and currently there are 27 of these that are formally registered (de facto there […]

A story for the Right to Know Day 2011: EU rights and EU Commission practice

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1 1/2 months ago, I’ve requested a meeting protocol of the Chefs de Cabinet of the EU Commission. As blogged before, my initial request received a negative reply.

I appealed this decision, and – as I have also blogged – on 6 September I was informed that the Commission needed an additional 15 working days. Yesterday, I have received the following answer: […]

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