EED - European Election Database
The construction of a European Election and Referendum Database started out as part of the European Sixth Framework Research Programme, called "Citizens and Governance in a Knowledge-based Society" (CivicActive). The objectives of the project were to identify the determinants of civic participation in European Parliament elections, in referendums on European integration issues, in national elections, and in non-electoral political and community action. The project had 14 partners and was coordinated by the University College Dublin. A closer description of the project can be found here.
EED and the Norwegian Social Science Data Services
As a part of the objectives the project collected and analyzed aggregate data on participation and vote choice in the European Parliament, in national elections and related census-based data for all EU member states. Norwegian Social Science Data Services (NSD) collected and organized the elections and referendums statistics in an on-line database. By the end of the project period, the full responsibility and maintenance of the election and referendum database was transferred to the NSD in Bergen, Norway.
Visualizing election data in NESSTAR
The European Election Database uses the Nesstar technology (Networked Social Science Tools and Resources), which is a software system for data publishing and online analysis. By using the Nesstar technology, the election and referendum data can be accessed, analyzed, downloaded and visualized with maps, graphs and tables through a single system. More information about Nesstar can be found at http://www.nesstar.com/