In earlier posts we talked about suggestions received in our survey that we will implement. This post now deals with some suggestions we won’t implement, for various reasons.
The following suggestions or wishes were made by some survey participants:
We’ll discuss these points in more detail:
ecoi.net aims to contribute to fair and efficient asylum procedures by providing easy and quick access to an up-to-date and comprehensive collection of relevant country information.
Case law and jurisprudence, especially decisions on international protection, are deliberately not part of our collection.
We recommend using other databases that are specialized in that field, like UNHCR’s Refworld, asyl.net by Informationsverbund Asyl & Migration, as well as ECRE’s EDAL, or national legal databases, such as Austria’s RIS.
In principle close to COI are positions and guidance documents, like those from UNHCR or EASO. These are collected on ecoi.net and they frequently contain COI or references to COI.
The suggestions from our users regarding languages concern two aspects:
English is the most often used language in our field. This fact is also reflected in our collection. Most documents available are in the English language, some are in German and fewer are in French or other languages.
ecoi.net’s survace is available in English and German. This means that the brief summaries we provide to describe each document are available in those two languages as well. Composing these summaries or even translations of entire documents is very resource-intensive.
To lower language barriers in other ways, we provide the following:
The keywording (or tagging) of documents, meaning the categorization and filtering of documents along the topics they deal with, was suggested by some users.
The keywording would need to be completed for all collected documents to be comprehensible. It would therefore use a lot of resources. To help finding documents through our search engine, ecoi.net provides brief summaries describing each document. These summaries contain the main topics of each document.
If you want to share your thoughts or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org.