Linking European experiences in search of shared identities

CommonPlace connects datasets and translates this material into popularly accessible data narratives and visualisations for #educational purposes, #policy making, #journalism and the #tourism industry to show the European population that there is much more that binds us than the traditionally national identities give credit for.


Problem. The European Union is in crisis. Eurosceptics now occupy nearly one third of the seats in the European Parliament, are a major force in several member states, are gaining ground in others, and have already prompted the defection of one major member state. Monetary and migration crises remain unsolved, external pressures are mounting from Russia, Turkey, the Middle East, and North Africa, and the North Atlantic alliance has been destabilized. Further dissolution could have grave consequences, not only for Europe, but for all problems requiring coordinated solutions.

The gravity of the crisis is clear: what is lacking is equally clear solutions.
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CommonPlace’ captures several different dimensions of this project. In its most literal sense, it refers to a shared space: our common European home. Yet CommonPlace is also a virtual space: the digital system within which we assemble our data and translate it to the stories about our common background. Disseminating those stories is also intended to make them ‘commonplace’ in the sense of ubiquitous and second nature. This is the ultimate objective: to help make a European level of identity as commonplace as the symbols, values and reflexes implanted by the construction of national identities in previous generations.


The European Union is in crisis

23 Mar 2017

The European Union is in crisis. Euroscepticism has become a significant political force, which now accounts for almost one third of the seats in the European Parliament. (more…)

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CommonPlace is the SSH response to the challenge set by EINFRA-21-2017

21 Mar 2017

Big data research and accompanying infrastructure is relatively new in SSH. There is still debate if these amounts of data actually exist for scholarly research and whether or not the access, (more…)

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