What do I need?
You need to sign up, and agree to the terms of service. It’s free! And open to anyone willing to work in a shared environment. You can create projects and collaborate with others, or work by yourself.
Because it uses Open Data, NanoHistory doesn’t require a dataset to begin using it. You can simply login and start adding items, and linking them via searching for them within NanoHistory. But if you have your own data you can upload it en masse, or add it incrementally to NanoHistory. We’re working on a quick and easy way to document events off line and upload them, but for now you can load lists of people, organizations, and places very easily, as well as things using the RIS format generated by research tools like EndNote or Zotero.
The easiest way to begin, is to use our templates for compiling lists of people, places, and organizations that are relevant to your research interests. For documents we recommend using a bibliographic tool that exports to RIS format, like Zotero or EndNote. You can also create a Zotero library, and link it to NanoHistory as a feed, allowing quick importing of your bibliographic data. For more on the templates, and the particulars of our inhouse formats for import data, see the blog post 'Templates for People, Places, and Organizations' (http://www.nanohistory.org/about/blog/templates_for_people_places_and_organizations) or the templates page.
Once you've added your agents and objects, you can begin linking their interactions using various tools, like Weave, or view documents online using tools like Scribe or Parsley to transcribe the historical phenomena they contain.