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May 30th PASS BA VC Meeting

Thu, May 30 2013 16:00 UTC

Charting Collections of Connections in Social Media: Creating Maps and Measures with NodeXL

Networks are a data structure common found across all social media services that allow populations to author collections of connections. The Social Media Research Foundation's NodeXL project makes analysis of social media networks accessible to most users of the Excel spreadsheet application. With NodeXL, Networks become as easy to create as pie charts. Applying the tool to a range of social media networks has already revealed the variations present in online social spaces. A review of the tool and images of Twitter, flickr, YouTube, and email networks will be presented.

Marc Smith

Dr. Marc A. Smith is a sociologist specializing in the social organization of online communities and computer mediated interaction. He leads the Connected Action consulting group and co-founded the Social Media Research Foundation, a non-profit devoted to open tools, data, and scholarship related to social media research. Marc is the co-editor of “Communities in Cyberspace” (Routledge) and co-author and editor of “Analyzing Social Media Networks with NodeXL” (Morgan-Kaufmann). At Microsoft Research, Marc founded the Community Technologies Group and led development of the Netscan application and data mining engine for researchers studying Usenet newsgroups and related repositories of threaded conversations. He is an adjunct lecturer at the University of Maryland’s College of Information Studies and a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Stanford University’s Media-X Program.

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