EU Science Hub

Scientific tools & databases

The range of work carried out at the JRC includes the

  • compilation of databases
  • development of software and modelling tools

On the basis of our open data principles we publish tools and databases with clear descriptions for each entry here on the Science Hub.

The tools and databases are categorised by name and acronym, but can be filtered by research area, keyword and JRC institute responsible for the coordination of the particular entry. 

To search specific datasets or collections, the JRC Data Catalogue opens access to our data.

The EURL ECVAM Search Guide
©EU, 2017

The EURL ECVAM Search Guide provides search principles and procedures, suggested search terms and user guidance together with an inventory of information resources to support untrained database users in finding information on relevant alternative strategies and methods on the Internet.

Developed by the JRC's EU Reference Laboratory for Alternatives to Animal Testing (EURL ECVAM), the Search Guide was first published as a handbook in 2012 by the EU Bookshop.

Tracking System for Alternative methods towards Regulatory acceptance (TSAR)
©European Commission

The EURL ECVAM Tracking System for Alternative methods towards Regulatory acceptance (TSAR) provides an overview of alternative (non-animal) methods that have been proposed for regulatory safety or efficacy testing of chemicals or biological agents such as vaccines.

It tracks the progress from submission of an alternative method for validation through to its final adoption by inclusion into the regulatory framework.


The EN Eurocodes are a series of 10 European Standards providing a common approach for the design of buildings and other civil engineering works and construction products. The Eurocodes website contains technical information for practical users in design and construction, including the database of National Determined Parameters, national contact points, upcoming training events, plans for further development of the codes, etc.

Collaborating DGs: 
DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs

The freely accessible Europe Media Monitor (EMM) is a fully automatic system that analyses both traditional and social media. It gathers and aggregates about 300,000 news articles per day from news portals world-wide in up to 70 languages.

Collaborating DGs: 
DG Communication

The EMM-NewsExplorer has been providing daily news summaries in up to 21 languages since 2004. It automatically analyses the written media across languages and over time.

Collaborating DGs: 
DG Communication

The European Alien Species Information Network (EASIN) aims to increase the access to data and information on alien species in Europe. EASIN facilitates the exploration of existing alien species information from distributed resources through a network of interoperable web services, following internationally recognised standards and protocols.


The European Database of Vulnerabilities to Natural Hazards (EVDAB) focuses on 305 urban areas across the continent and provides innovative spatial indicators in support of the European policies related to climate change, civil protection and risk management. This includes climate projections and observations as well as information on fires and floods.


The European Drought Observatory (EDO) website provides free access to tools and datasets.


The European Exposure Factors (ExpoFacts) Sourcebook is a collection of statistics and references covering a range of fields such as data on housing, diet and population. It is primarily aimed at being a tool for environmental exposure analysis and risk assessment but it can also serve as a data source for administration, NGO´s and anyone interested in European statistics.


The JRC’s research on floods focuses on improving preparedness and support during a flood crisis. The European Flood Awareness System (EFAS) forecasts the potential for floods in Europe up to ten days in advance and communicates this information to EU member states. It is based on a hydrological modelling system which is coupled with meteorological forecasts. The system is further integrated into a wider modelling framework in order to simulate the impact of climate and land-use change on hydrological extremes.