nodegoat is a web-based research environment for the humanities

Use nodegoat to build your own data model. All of nodegoat's functionalities are tailored to your research questions.

Data Modelling  

Use nodegoat to create new datasets collaboratively or alone. Explore data by means of spatial and temporal visualisations. The built-in network analysis tools reveal patterns and central nodes.

Data Creation & Exploration  

Use nodegoat to publish your data in interactive visualisations, as an API, or export data publications.

Data Publication  

New Data Publication Module

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Publish your project with the new data publication module. nodegoat users can now select any project to generate a data publication that is web-accessible and downloadable as a ZIP-file. By generating a new publication a Project's data model and all of its data are published and archived. The publication remains accessible also when new publications are generated at a later stage.

Publications are stand-alone self-containing archives which include both the HTML-interface to the data model as well as all of its data in both JSON and CSV.

Publication of the 'Imagology' project of Joep Leerssen, see this page for more info and a public user interface

This new publish feature extends the existing data extraction and data publication options, i.e.: the export functionality, the API, and the public user interface.[....]

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nodegoat workshop at the Centre for Digital Humanities of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra

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Join us on April 11 between 10:00 and 13:00 for a nodegoat workshop at the Centre for Digital Humanities of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF-DH) in Barcelona. The workshop is organised as part of the "Premodern Digital Textualities" series. This is an in-person event. You can find more about the workshop via this link and you can register here.

Thanks to Marija Blašković for organising this event.[....]

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Nouvelle leçon sur nodegoat publiée par The Programming Historian en français

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[Squelette du Bouc d'Angora.] : [dessin] / [Buvée del.], Dessin pour Histoire naturelle générale et particulière, par M. de Buffon. 1755, BnF Gallica

Nous sommes ravis d'annoncer que la ressource en ligne "The Programming Historian en français" a publié une leçon sur la conceptualisation d'une base de données à l'aide de nodegoat : Des sources aux données, concevoir une base de données en sciences humaines et sociales avec nodegoat.

La leçon a été rédigée par Agustín Cosovschi, édité par Sofia Papastamkou et évalué par Octave Julien et Solenn Huitric.[....]

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Register now for the virtual nodegoat demo organised at Marmara Üniversitesi

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The Dijital Beşeri Bilimler Uygulama ve Araştırma Merkezi of Marmara Üniversitesi organises a nodegoat demonstration on March 27 between 13:00 and 14:00 (GMT+3). You can read more about this here and register via this link.

Their platform 'Inside Digital Humanities' recently published an article on how to use nodegoat for your research project: Sosyal ve Beşeri Bilimler için. Web Tabanlı ve Veri Girişinden Sonuçların Görselleştirilmesine. Kapsamlı Dijital Araştırma Ortamı (in English).[....]

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Register for the nodegoat Workshop at the University of Graz

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Poster by Zsofia Turoczy

Together with the department of Southeast European History and Anthropology at the University of Graz we will run a workshop with the title ‘Introduction to historical data analysis and visualisation’ on Friday 22 March 2024. The workshop takes place between 10:00 and 16:30. This is an in-person event and registration is required. Registration deadline is 18 March.

Click here for more information and registration.

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Archival Workshop: Against the Persuasion of the Colonial Archive, hosted by CUNY Graduate Center

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Andrea Pérez González of Radboud University organises a workshop that addresses the issues surrounding the colonial archive from a critical and practical perspective. The workshop will include a demonstration of nodegoat as a tool to create and analyse modular archives. The workshop is hosted by the Ph.D. Program in Latin American, Iberian, and Latino Cultures (LAILAC) at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. The workshop takes place at the Graduate Center on Monday, March 11 between 4:30 pm and 6:30 pm.

Click here for more information and for registering.

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Register for the nodegoat Workshop organised by the Research School Political History in Amsterdam

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Together with the Research School Political History we will run a workshop with the title ‘Data management and analysis for historical research in nodegoat’ on 23 October 2023. The workshop takes place between 10:00 and 17:00 at the Oost-Indisch Huis in Amsterdam. This is an in-person event and registration is required. Registration deadline is 9 October.

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Use any IIIF Published Map as a Background in your Geographic Visualisations

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Map from the David Rumsey Map Collection, published as a IIIF image. The image has been georeferenced with the Allmaps editor, and the map tiles are generated by the Allmaps Tile Server. Click here to explore this interactive visualisation.

Thanks to the Allmaps project, it is now possible to use any map that has been published as a IIIF image as a background map in your geographic visualisations in nodegoat.

The International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) is a set of open standards for publishing digital objects, maintained by a consortium of cultural institutions. The list of institutions that publish their digitised maps as IIIF images is constantly growing. This overview provides a number of examples of available resources. The David Rumsey Map Collection also contains a large number of maps that have been published as IIIF images.

nodegoat Users have been able to use (historical) maps that are published as XYZ-tiles. We have now updated our Guide 'Use a Historical Map' to describe the steps you need to take to use IIIF images as a background map for your geographic visualisations in nodegoat. The Guide uses an example of a historical map published in the Digital Collections of Leiden University Libraries.

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Temporally-aware dynamic network analysis: traversing nodegoat graphs

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During the conference 'Graphs and Networks in the fourth dimension – time and temporality as categories of connectedness', jointly organised by the Historical Network Research community and Graphs & Networks in the Humanities, we presented a new nodegoat feature: 'temporally-aware dynamic network analysis'. This new functionality extends the Scope and Chronology Statements.

The Scope functionality is used throughout nodegoat to traverse your data model and select elements to be included in a visualisation, analysis, or export. With the Scope, you can limit or expand your data selection. In a prosopographical analyses you might want to include all educational institutes related to one person, plus all the relations of these institutes, while omitting all other personal relations of a person. Follow this Guide to learn how to configure a Scope.

Chronology Statements that you make in nodegoat allow you to specify what you mean by a statement like 'circa'. Instead of using qualitative statements about vagueness, Chronology Statements provide you with a way of making quantitative statements about vagueness. Chronology Statements also allow you to make relational date statements: 'the date point is between the sending of letter X and the sending of letter Y'. Follow this Guide to learn how to store uncertain dates by using Chronology Statements and follow this Guide to learn how to store relational dates by using Chronology Statements.

The temporally-aware dynamic network analysis functionality makes the temporal options offered by the Chronology Statements available on any level of a Scope. This allows you to apply and pass temporality to time-bound connections in any of a Scope's paths. The dates from Chronology Statements can be sourced from every step in the traversal: ascendant or descendant nodes, and combinations. Selected configurations can be applied on any/all of the connections/edges: outbound or inbound directionality, and combinations.

Example: Academic Connections

With this functionality it is now possible to dynamically generate networks of people who attended the same educational institute at the same time, without specifying any dates in a filter. The temporally-aware dynamic network analysis functionality applies the initial date on every other relationship that appears on a specified path:

Two persons shown having an overlapping academic connection out of four persons.

The obvious benefit of this approach is the scalability of this functionality, as it allows you to quickly scrutinise complex networks based on time-bound connections:[....]

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Sign up for the nodegoat Workshop at the Leipzig Research Centre Global Dynamics on 25 July 2023

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This year the Leipzig Research Centre Global Dynamics (ReCentGlobe) has set up a nodegoat Grow installation to service two multi-year research projects. The project 'Die Produktion von Weltwissen im Umbruch' uses nodegoat to analyse the globalisation of knowledge production by mapping the development of Area Studies and Global Studies in the German context over the past 15 years. The project 'African non-military conflict intervention practices' uses nodegoat to build a comprehensive database of non-military interventions since 2004 by the African Union and by Regional Economic Communities.

As a result of this collaboration, the ReCentGlobe initiative organises a public nodegoat workshop within the framework of the Digital Lab infrastructure. The workshop will take place at the ReCentGlobe institute on 25 July 2023. More information about the programme and registration can be found here.

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Vacancy at the University of Bern: 'Data Base Administrator (nodegoat) (m/f/d)'

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The project 'GLOBO: Global Bones. Entangled Histories, Transfers and Translations in the Early Modern Age' led by Urte Krass of the Institute of Art History at the University of Bern is looking for a database administrator to collaborate in the creation and development of their database structure in nodegoat and to to maintain their nodegoat platform and data.

The position will start on August 1 2023. More information about the position and on how to apply can be found here.

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Data Publication by the TIC-Collaborative project

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The TIC-Collaborative project of Ghent University and Maastricht University has published a dataset on international social reform congresses and organisations (1846-1914). This dataset has been created and maintained in a nodegoat installation at Ghent University since early 2014.

The data publication is described in 'Social Reform International Congresses and Organizations (1846–1914): From Sources to Data' that has been published in the Journal of Open Humanities Data.

The data has been published as CSV files in the 'IISH Data Collection' repository and can be downloaded here. The dataset contains 1206 organisations, 1052 publications, 23247 people, 1690 conferences, and 35609 conferences attendance statements. All these statements have been enriched with spatial-temporal attributes which allows for the diachronic and geographic analysis and exploration of the relational data.[....]

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Workshop #100 🎉🎉🎉🎉💯

Blog post about a new nodegoat feature: Data Publication Module. Publish any project as a standalone data publication which hosts both the data model and all of its data:

Register now to get one of the last available places for the nodegoat workshop at the 9th International Historical Network Research Conference at the University of Lausanne. The workshop takes place on Monday 8 July 2024 from 14:00 to 17:30. This is an in-person event.

On June 5, the Digital Humanities and Data Science Lab of the Universität Bern together with the Swiss National Data and Service Center for the Humanities (DaSCH) and the Research and Infrastructure Support (RISE) of the Universität Basel organise a nodegoat Day. There will be a hands-on nodegoat session in the morning and a set of presentations on nodegoat projects in the afternoon.

Start of a new nodegoat One project at KU Leuven: Global Academies, Scientific Societies and the Globalization of Science (1930-1990).

From Books to Bytes: nodegoat als Tool für die historisch arbeitenden Wissenschaften. On 24 May 2024
Dr. Kathleen Schlütter (Uni Leipzig) will present nodegoat during this session by the NFDI 4 Memory initiative.

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Geographic visualisation of biographies of scholars. Tobias Winnerling (Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf), project: "Wer Wissen schafft. Gelehrter Nachruhm und Vergessenheit 1700 – 2015".

Social Network Graph of the network around Dutch engineer Cornelis Meijer. Project: "Mapping Notes and Nodes in Networks".