EURHISFIRM aims at designing a world-class research infrastructure to collect, merge, extract, collate, align and share detailed historical high-quality firm level data for Europe. To achieve this goal, it develops innovative tools and sparks the “Big data” revolution in historical social sciences.

 

The project

The EURHISFIRM project meets the need for such a benchmark research infrastructure in Europe. It will operate the most comprehensive long-run economic and financial database in the world. It will handle data on European companies such as accounting, funding and investment, stock exchange data, governance rules, directors, patents, location of headquarters. The creation of a vibrant European community will support the development of revolutionary RI technology, which in turn will enable a scientifically reproducible, technically sound and socio-legally robust evidence-base for the stakeholders. Not only policy makers and scholars will benefit from, but notably private companies: on the one hand, companies are major data users, the global spend for market data, an industry where US holds a quasi-monopoly, amounting to nearly 30 billion of dollars in 2015 (Burton and Taylor, 2016); on the other hand, the disruptive technologies developed within the RI will push further the technological frontier and bring major spin-offs to the European IT industry.

This project stems from the experience of the research group Eurhistock that brings together specialists in economic and financial history on a yearly basis since 2009. This group acknowledged both the incompleteness of the existing datasets, the fragmentation of the initiatives, and the heterogeneity of the data collection practices in Europe. This observation led some countries like France and Belgium to put in place coordinated initiatives to build long-run structured data with digital techniques at the technological frontier. Other countries in the consortium have started to collect data or are reflecting on the comparative issues of their datasets.

EURHISFIRM is a part of  Horizon 2020, the EU’s largest Research and Innovation initiative to date. For more information, please see https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/en/what-horizon-2020

News & Events

The achievements of WP4

The University of Antwerp is responsible for Work Package 4 which builds up expertise regarding existing datasets and historical printed serial sources on publicly traded companies from 1815 and on data documentation standards. WP 4 compiled an inventory (D4.2) of the principal official publications of company information, stock exchange price lists and yearbooks with summary …

General Assembly in Wrocław (15-16 March, 2019)

Summary The General Assembly was held at the Wrocław University of Economics, Friday – Saturday, 15 – 16. March 2019. During the meeting, the activity of individual teams was summarized and plans for the future were presented. Each WP Team has presented its achievements. There was also the Project Advisory Board annual meeting. The external …

EHES 2019 Congress 29th-31st August, 2019

The thirteenth European Historical Economics Society Conference will be held at the Paris School of Economics, Thursday – Saturday, 29 – 31. August 2019. The Conference Programme Committee invites proposals for sessions and individual papers on any aspect of European or global economic history covering a wide range of periods, countries and regions. In order …