Narratives are the structures through which we order and understand reality. They are central to the spreading of ideas, which makes them a key building block of the public sphere. They reveal emotions and meaning behind what is said and can provide solutions that do not infringe on the freedom of speech, fostering democracy in the so-called post-truth society.
The Narratives Observatory combatting Disinformation in Europe Systemically (NODES) is a pilot project financed by the European Commission and set up by seven research and media partners from across four EU countries – Belgium, France, Poland, Italy. The project will create the first European Narrative Observatory based on the analysis of narratives to tackle disinformation within the public sphere working in four languages (English, French, Spanish and Polish) and focusing on Climate Change, Migration and Covid-19.