The main objective of the EURO-CV Project was to collectively explore the possibilities of using researchers’ curriculum vitae (CVs) in electronic form (e-CV) as a way to cope with the lack of data concerning mobility and professional career trajectories of European researchers. The project was therefore mostly methodologically oriented. The project activities were developed between January 2008 and June 2009, involving the participation of seven countries : France, Israel, Norway, Spain (coordinator), Switzerland, Portugal and the United Kingdom. In addition the project team collaborated with international colleagues with CV analysis or database (DB) development experience in Australia, Argentina and the United States. The project first took stock of existing work on the construction of DBs and on their use. This gave rise to a special issue of Research Evaluation (June 2009, Vol 18 issue 2).
The project then analysed the different national contexts of countries with no coordinated effort at national level and no ad hoc bases (France, Israel and Switzerland), those with only ad-hoc DBs (UK), and countries which have or are building a national-level DB of electronic CVs. Experimental analyses in the latter countries show in particular that this could be a critical resource to study mobility, and within it, temporary mobility, which we believe may be crucial in career development but have been unable to address up to now (see the different presentations made at the 2009 annual meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science in Washington, at the 2009 9th conference of the European Sociological Association In Lisbon, at the 2009 conference of the Triple Helix in Glasgow and at the 2010 ENID conference in Paris).
Analysing the different developments, the project members considered the various privacy issues : the Spanish example demonstrates that such DBs can be developed while preserving confidentiality of CV data. They emphasized the on-going deployment of the Brazilian LATTES concept and technology in most Latin American countries. They suggest to monitor closely this issue, since such an approach could enable Europe to build a resource that has been lacking for 20 years to address capacity issues.