Category Archives: Network Visuals

I Heart Wordle

So, thanks to orgtheory, I found wordle.

It is awesome.

Here is the wordle of my delicious tags:

Wordle: Jordisunshine Delicious Tags

And recent paper

Wordle: Relational OrgTheory Paper

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WOW and SNA

Stumbled into a paper of networks of players, guilds in World of WarCraft [WOW].  Visual complexity had the image.

U Mich researchers map PVE interactions.

U Mich researchers map PVE interactions.

This led to a paper that is worth looking at to see how they extracted the data for the network analysis.

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Filed under Gaming, Network Visuals, Research, Social Networks, virtual worlds

Applied SNA-ASNA 2007 // Call for Papers

ASNA 2007 // Call for Papers
ASNA 2008 will primarily provide an interdisciplinary venue with focus on applications of social network analysis; however, submissions on theoretical and methodological issues regarding SNA are also welcome.

I don’t know how many times I can bounce over to the EU in the Fall, but this looked interesting.  I have been itching for awhile to get a better handle on applied SNA.   Outside of Valdis Kreb’s InFlow and Rob Cross’ Network Roundtable (and The company Visible Path), I don’t know much about applied SNA over here.

I should find out what kinds of meetings are over here of this nature.

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Oil and Politics Visualization

Just started playing with this nifty tool that allows one to visualize relational patterns of oil sector employees’ contributions to federal politicians.

Price for oil.

I didn’t notice a difference between PAC money and individual contribution.  It seems a stretch to me to say that because an employee of Chevron gave $1,500 to Obama, Obama is in the pocket of big oil the way Bush or Cheney are.   One interesting thing to look at is how many people max out to all candidates.  That would seem a prxoy for people buying access versus supporting the politician they actually prefer (for better or for worse).

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Filed under activism, Network Visuals, Political Economy, Politics, Power, Activism

Social Networks Trendy Again

Thanks to Valdis Krebs for pushing this out over the SOCNET listserv.

Apparently, Social Network Analysis and its every-alluring eye candy graphs are super trendy again.  As only the cognoscenti of Silicon Valley could anoint, of course.   Not that I am complaining too much.  It has been very helpful to me and establishing my unique contributions that networks an network science are seen as got-to-have knowledge.

When Zuckerberg . of Facebook fame, showed off the new open, platform-oriented Facebok, the widget was a social graph producer.

A NEW fad is sweeping across Silicon Valley, causing excitement, confusion and hyperbole not seen since the dotcom bubble. It began in May, when Mark Zuckerberg, ten days after turning 23, took the stage in a San Francisco warehouse and announced that he was opening up Facebook, the social network he founded at Harvard University, to outside programmers. Anyone can now build little programs, or “widgets”, into the network. To illustrate his idea, Mr Zuckerberg projected onto the wall behind him a “social graph”—a pattern of nodes representing Facebook users and the links among them.

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Filed under Information and Communication Technology, Network Visuals, Social Network Sites, Social Networks

The Wall Street Facebook

In a double example of the power of networks, my mother-in-law, who religiously reads the NY times ( I don’t have time) alerted me to this great network graphic today.

It shows actors in the world of finance (Wall Street’s Facebook) and also captures their firm, firm type, graduate school affiliation and undergraduate affiliation.

Article: http://dealbook.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/10/03/the-facebook-of-wall-streets-future/
Graphic: http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2007/10/02/business/1003-spg-web-MASTERS.jpg

Enjoy!
Jordi

I was bummed to see my alma mater’s  in-state rival, Macalester, with two nodes to Carleton’s goose egg.  Clearly, it produces too many scholars relative to investment bankers.  :<)

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