A European Science Academies Gateway for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The fundamental research of the European Academies of Sciences and Humanities significantly contributes to the study and preservation of Europe’s cultural heritage. AGATE pursues the long-term goal of a pan-European digital platform that improves the visibility and findability of the academies’ SSH research and promotes international cooperation. Besides all current projects funded by the German Academies' Programme from 1979 until today, projects not funded by the Academies as well as Swiss projects are included in the AGATE's database. The Academies’ Programme is the joint research programme of the German Academies, which is equally funded by the federal government and the federal states. It is coordinated by the Union of the German Academies, the umbrella organisation of eight German Academies of Sciences and Humanities.

Current Research Information System (CRIS)

AGATE is a current research information system (CRIS) for the European Academies’ research modeled according to the CERIF standard of the euroCRIS. Its idea is based on the results of a study by Ulrike Wuttke, Carolin Ott and Dominik Adrian (2017), “AGATE: Concept for a European Academies Internet Gateway for the Humanities and Social Sciences” (URL: Zenodo. doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.815916). The study was funded by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research and carried out during two projects by the Union of the German Academies of Sciences between 2013–2017. From 2017 onwards the original idea of AGATE has been developed further by the Digital Academy of the Academy of Sciences and Literature | Mainz, who is responsible for the realisation of the platform and currently acts as the conceptual and technical lead for the project.

Future plans and development

In close cooperation with the Union of the German Academies of Sciences the AGATE team plans to extend the system in three directions in the very near future. First, the scope of projects from the German Academies will be broadened to include all completed projects from earlier than 1979. This will provide a unique historical perspective on the research taken out by the German Academies during the last century. Secondly, the geographical focus of AGATE will be opened up with project contributions from other European countries and academies. Currently the AGATE team is in contact with the Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Academies from other European countries are invited to join AGATE with their research projects strengthening the cooperative concept of a gateway to the European Academies’ research. Thirdly, AGATE’s functionality will be extended to include a dedicated digital hub (DEV.AGATE) alongside the project database giving overview and access and to digital tools and methods employed within the Academies’ research projects.

If you like to contribute to AGATE, make suggestions, report a problem or give us feedback our team is always looking forward to hearing from you: contact(at)agate.academy.