Mapping Notes and Nodes in Networks

Ingeborg van Vugt, PhD in early modern history (Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa / University of Amsterdam).

"nodegoat allows me to curate and combine efficiently both data coming from archival research and retrieved from larger datasets into one interface. This results in an environment that includes data on more than 20.000 correspondences, written between scholars in the Dutch Republic and Tuscany in the seventeenth century. nodegoat enables me to map not only the overall structure of that network in interactive visualizations, but it highlights also the finest detail of that network structure.This means that I can represent not only the sender and the receiver of the letters, but I can provide a richer version of that network by including data on early modern books, authors and publishers.

nodegoat has become an invaluable asset to my workflow. It supports me to import, curate, clean, explore and visualize every possible combination of data, enabling me to see and explore connections I would otherwise never have thought of. Moreover, the possibility to link nodegoat directly to the VIAF and the Short Title Catalogue offers me transparency and control over my data, making it easier to share and re-use my dataset afterwards."

View of the Object of a letter sent by Pieter Blaeu to Marco Antonio Magliabechi on 14-03-1695.
Social visualisation of over 1400 Objects in the Type 'Letter', including all the relationships tagged in the transcript of the letters (e.g. artifacts, people, places, letters, introductions), plus the relationships as identified in the metadata of the letters (e.g. sender, receiver, part correspondence, subject, enclosed artifact).