Interactive Online Visualizations for Dynamic Networks.

What is the Vistorian?

The Vistorian is an online platform that provides interactive visualization for various kinds of networks:

  • - Multiple types of connections,
  • - multiple types of nodes,
  • - changing connections over time, and
  • - geographical coordinates.
Enter your data once, and explore it using various visualizations.


  • Benjamin Bach, Microsoft Research-Inria Joint Center
  • Jean-Daniel Fekete, Inria
  • Nicole Dufournaud
  • Nathalie Henry Riche
  • Emmanouil Giannisakis, Inria

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Upload Your Data

Uploading data is simple. Your data must be formatted in table format in .CSV. Learn more about preparing your data here.

Your data is not actually uploaded to any of our servers, but remains private on your very own browser. Deleting the browser cache, deletes your data.

The following link creates a new session, or resumes your last session. Then you can "upload" data.

Project History

On October 14th, 2014, Nicole Dufournaud, associate member of LaDéHis—EHSS and Bernard Michon, CRHIA-Université de Nantes presented a talk entitled "L’analyse des réseaux, une aide à penser : réflexions sur les stratégies économique et sociale de Marie Boucher, marchande à Nantes au XVIIe siècle" ("Network analysis, a Thinking Aid: Reflections on the Economic and Social Strategies of Marie Bucher, a 17th century Marchand from Nantes."). The talk was presented at the conference "Femmes et réseaux dans les sociétés modernes et contemporaines. Réalités et représentations" ("Women and Networks in Modern and Contemporary Societies") at the CEMMC (Centre d'Etudes des mondes modernes et contemporains) at the University Université Michel de Montaigne - Bordeaux 3.

This talk resulted from a collaboration between Benjamin Bach (Microsoft Research — Inria Joint Center) and Pascal Cristofoli (LaDéHis CRH-EHESS). Based on this collaboration, the idea for the Vistorian was born.


This section lists literature in the field of network visualization and its application in the social sciences