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Digital access to EU information 30 years ago

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I just stumbled over a nice academic publication presented quite exactly 30 years ago, in June 1981. This article titled “A practical introduction to sources of information about the European Communities” by Giancarlo Pau (an Italian working at the Commission representation in the UK; Source (pdf)) covers ways to get information about the European Communities, […]

Tobacco and a public consultation: NGOs versus NGOs

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England Expects has written a blog post titled “Citizens versus NGOs“, quoting the summary of reponses of government agencies, NGOs and individual contributions from the recently published “Report on the public consultation on the possible revision of the Tobacco Products Directive (2001/37/EC)“. With the majority of individual contributions (~82,000 in total) being against more restrictive measures against […]

Are we getting a European party system?

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The Guardian just published a nice timeline-map visualisation on “how political shifts have altered the map of Europe” mainly showing the change of political left-right majorities across Europe over the past 40 years. Let’s complement this with an academic perspective: Through the analysis of 264 elections in 30 European countries (EU-27 + Norway, Iceland and […]

Open data activism, political science and network visualisation of EU expert groups

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Visualisation of the network if 84 EU expert groups

[…] Having access to open data makes part of our life much easier, but for now, getting open data that is interesting for our research still seems to be as much activism as it is part of research. Take, for example, the image below. What you see there is an image of a network of 84 EU Commission expert groups and subgroups (a link means a minimum of 3 joint members)*. […]

European Parliament Library Briefings

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European Parliament (EP) Library Briefings are short topical summaries mostly on currently relevant matters (e.g. because a committee is dealing with a topic) the EP library staff produces in particular for MEPs and their assistants. Until last year, these documents were not made available to the public – at least that’s what I’ve heard at […]

Google+ and 155 years of social network analysis

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In 1856, the Norwegian ethnologist Eilert Sundt described the rural social structures of Norwegian peasants (and their farms) called “bedelags” (Google translates this as “prayer teams”). These “bedelags” became visible at certain social events (like funerals) when people from different farms came together. Sundt noted that, if visualised, the rural social network would look like a […]

Comitoloy and Cyprus: High politics with low attention

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One week ago I blogged about the lack of attention to Comitology. One of the reasons you’d frequently hear about why Comitology is ignored is that it is sooooo technical and sooooo intransparent. In order to tackle the latter, I’ve produced a visualisation of recent Comitology meetings (which includes, after several updates, 90 meetings at […]

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