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What is DIANE?

Digital Infrastructure for the Analysis of National movements in Europe

DIANE is a virtual research environment for digital research and collection on national and regional movements in Europe. It provides a platform and tools that enable researchers and archivists to collaboratively work with data on national and regional movements in Europe.

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National anthems

Independence Referendums

Choral societies


Introduction DIANE, annual gathering, 7 September 2016, Institute of Czech History, Prague

NISE, the network behind DIANE, is introducing the infrastructure to its members at the annual gathering in Prague on Wednesday 7 September. In the beautiful venue of Institute of Czech History, participants will learn how to enter and visualise data in the user interface. We will also launch the public website.

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DIANE is an initiative of the academic network NISE


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Digital Infrastructure for the Analysis of
National movements in Europe

What is DIANE?

DIANE is an acronym for Digital Infrastructure for the Analysis of National movements in Europe. It is an online research environment with database functionality and a range of network analysis and visualisation tools that allows data collection, analysis and exchange on national and regional movements in Europe.

The platform for DIANE is provided by Nodegoat, a web-based data management, network analysis and visualisation environment, developed by Lab 1100.

How does it fit in NISE?

NISE (National movements and Intermediary Structures in Europe) is an international platform that currently has 75 members (47 institutes and 28 researchers) from 27 European countries. It connects researchers, universities and cultural heritage institutes, facilitates knowledge sharing, and stimulates transnational and comparative research on European national and regional movements.
With DIANE, NISE wants to create an environment in which researchers and cultural heritage institutes from all over Europe connect, look up information, exchange data and conduct research on national and regional movements.

What are the functions of DIANE?

DIANE has three principal functions:

Firstly, DIANE will function as an analytical instrument, built to host individual and collaborative research projects that explore and visualise transnational connections between movements, persons and ideas.

Secondly, it will also grow into a heuristic instrument, helping researchers to identify publications, other researchers with similar interests and relevant (and often less well-known) archives and/or heritage institutions all over Europe

Thirdly, DIANE will feature as an information database on national and regional movements in Europe, that collects data, and connects information on the functioning of national movements and their protagonists.

What data does it collect?

DIANE collects data about national and regional movements in Europe from the 18th century to today. These movements advocate greater cultural, social, political or economic autonomy for a particular group of people within a nation-state on the basis of ethnicity, language or region.

DIANE gathers data on these mobilizing networks, the people associated with them, texts and symbols they produce(d) events they organise(d)and meaningful locations. The infrastructure also collects bibliographical references, archival sources and information on research, heritage and archival institutes connected to national movements all over Europe.

What is the added value of DIANE for its content providers?

For archival and heritage institutions, it will be an instrument for the promotion of their historical resources across institutional and national borders. DIANE will make data that was previously difficult to access available in English. It will also help researchers to quickly identify archives, archival/research/heritage institutions and scholars working on similar themes.

Researchers can use DIANE to set up international collaborations, and collect, analyse, compare and visualise large datasets. When the first objects have been entered and their relations have been identified, these objects can be plotted on a map, viewed in a social graph, or simply be made available to the network. The strong emphasis on relations over space and time makes DIANE particularly useful for an exploration of transnational and -regional connections between networks, people and events.

How will NISE collect data in DIANE?

NISE members will act as content providers for DIANE. Archival and heritage institutions will import existing data sets, share information about themselves and their collections in the ‘directory’ and ‘archives’ sections. Researchers and research institutions will store, share and connect data in individual or collaborative research projects. DIANE is developed as an open research environment that supports collaborative research projects. Multiple users (with varying clearance levels) can enter, update and inspect data. Using this approach, a researcher or research group can decide to start a project in DIANE and enter data into this project individually, with colleagues or with a large group of interested parties.

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Research projects in DIANE

DIANE allows historians to work together across national and institutional boundaries. The research environment harbours several research projects on particular themes within the study of nationalism and national/regional movements. Researchers can set up collaborative or individual projects, insert information on persons, movements, events and materials and immediately visualise the data on timelines, geographical maps and social network graphs.

This section showcases a selection of the data results in visualisations. Feel free to explore the data.

Project Overview


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