S·P·I·N - Study Platform on Interlocking Nationalisms

SpInTime improved

SPIN aims to map the epidemic dissemination of cultural nationalism across Europe by charting networks as they evolve over time. A new, expanded and more flexibly interactive version is now online. These features can be accessed by clicking here  (NOTE: this will work in most browsers, but NOT in Internet Explorer 8).

The functionalities of SpInTime are still being developed. At the moment, they include, not only the spatial-historical visualization of epistolary networks visible in the sample screen, but also the possibility

  • - to identify and analyse the primary network of selected individuals,
  • - to identify and analyse the secondary network (i.e. including the correspondents' correspondents)
  • - to map these networks both geographically and as a social cluster (dynamically over time)
  • - to trace the epistolary connection(s) between selected individuals directly, or through intermediaries (up to 5)
  • - and to map these connection networks both geographically and as a social cluster (dynamically over time)

These features can be accessed by clicking here 

As soon as these features are beyond the beta stage, they will be made generally accessible.

At a later stage, European patterns will be visualized involving other than epistolary sources.

Initial working concepts include

  • - the spread of commemorative statues (at present presented in wiki form under "Resources")
  • - the national iconography of 20th-century European banknotes (also as yet in wiki form under "Resources")
  • - the European translations of the works of Sir Walter Scott

An explanation of the SpInTime map and instructions for use can be accessed here.

 SpInTime has been developed for SPIN by Lab1100 (Pim van Bree and Geert Kessels) in consultation with Joep Leerssen, and is intended
  • -- to visually render these networks both in space (over the European landmass) and dynamically in time (in the course of the "long nineteenth century
  • -- to develop a data management concept that allows flexible data input, multiple applicabilities, and low-threshold technology for high-quality visual rendering.

A full description of the concept has been published in the series "Working Papers, European Studies, Amsterdam", and can be downloaded from the European Studies website or by clicking here.