New Tools for Online Research – EU Project EEXCESS Releases Four New Prototypes

The EU project EEXCESS addresses new methods for providing information on the internet. The motto reads: "Take the content to the user, not the user to the content!"

The aim of the new software of EEXCESS is to make exactly those special resources available to the users that fit their profile and their current search history. For this, entirely new recommendation technologies have been developed.

Through a user interface that can be integrated into the Google Chrome browser, the Google Docs editor, the blogging software WordPress or the learning management system Moodle, the user constantly receives automated recommendations from cultural databases like or from academic literature databases like (academic papers) or (economic literature).

These recommendations can then be included into a text as references, for example. The number of associated databases is extended continuously. All four prototypes are available for free download. Please find the links on

Ten partners from Austria, United Kingdom, France, Switzerland and Germany are involved in the project. The scientific coordinator is Professor Michael Granitzer from the University of Passau, general project coordinator is Joanneum Research from Graz. The budget amounts to approx. 6.9 billion euros, the project ends in July 2016.


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