Horizon 2020 project EURHISFIRM has joined the SSHOC partner consortium.
Born from the experience of research group Eurhistock which brought specialists in economic and financial history together in 2009, EURHISFIRM is designing a world-class research infrastructure which connects, aligns and shares high-quality firm level data for Europe. Access to these datasets will allow European researchers, policymakers, and other stakeholders to analyse, develop, and evaluate effective strategies to promote investment and economic growth.
Like SSHOC, EURHISFIRM supports the EU Open Science Policy. What the two initiatives also have in common is that as research data management experts seeking to provide a broad range of users with seamless access to an open-by-default, efficient, and cross-disciplinary data environment, both are developing innovative big data tools which will offer users the full benefits of data-driven science.
The partnership provides the SSHOC community - and thereby individual researchers - with access to strategically important and otherwise unavailable datasets which will be incorporated into the Social Sciences Open Cloud. In addition, the presence of EURHISFIRM offers a new dimension to the development and production of the Open Research Knowledge Graph in Electoral Studies, a key output from the SSHOC project.
Knowledge graphs are infrastructural tools in the form of models of knowledge in a substantive domain. They connect isolated silos of information about publications, data-sets, events, people, or tools for example, and identify relationships between the objects which would be difficult to detect otherwise.
As documented in a series of already published reports, (see links below) SSHOC is generating an Open Research Knowledge Graph in the field of Electoral Studies. The project will harvest, integrate, interlink, and analyse national, European and cross-national survey and contextual data relating to the electoral behaviour and motivations of citizens, and create a new open data repository featuring taxonomies and ontologies developed with active involvement of the user community. The overall results will be integrated in an election dashboard with analytics, visualisation, and data export capabilities.
As a demonstration of multidisciplinary collaboration aimed at connecting otherwise isolated silos of information and re-purposing and reusing scientific publications, data and analytical results, the development and production of the Knowledge Graph in Electoral Studies will serve as a pilot to assess the opportunities and challenges for similar developments in other disciplinary domains and other user communities including (but not necessarily limited to) the EURHISFIRM community. Tools and software components developed during the course of development will be included in the SSHOC Open Marketplace.
EURHISFIRM communicates with some 195 institutions. From a policy perspective these include central banks, regulatory bodies, and policy makers, while academic representatives include universities, research institutions, libraries, archives, RIs, and other academic data platforms. Business associates number financial institutions, stock exchanges, data vendors, and business associations as well as representatives of think tanks, consumer associations and the general public.