The roots of the association date back to 1966, when European publishers sought to deepen intra-European contacts and cooperation, especially in the face of growing political and economic integration within the European Community.In the past years, new business models and new services, such as social media, web provisioning, deals, reservations, group buying, mobile apps, etc. are dominating our sector. Therefore, in 2010, the Board of EADP decided to lift the association into the 21st century by opening the association, in addition to traditional directory and database publishers companies, to companies offering web, social and related services. As a result, in May 2012 the association held an extraordinary General Assembly and voted in favor of changing the old name to EASDP – European Association of Search and Database Publishing.
EASDP has some 129 members in 35 countries world-wide, including member companies based in the 27 EU member states but also in the candidate countries: search companies, social networks, publishers, suppliers of products and services for the search and publishing industries and 4 national associations representing several hundreds of publishers.
Devoted to the promotion of the directory and database publishing industry the EASDP includes in its activities:
- Publishing an up-to-date internet directory listing its members and their products.
- Editing a newsletter
- Monitoring EU activities of relevance to the sector
- Making awards for quality and excellence in directory publishing
- Organizing an annual congress and a separate annual conference
The next EASDP Congress will be held in Amsterdam, Netherlands from 18 to 20 September 2013.