Today I have received an enthusiastic message from @kevflanagan who is currently investigating Social Network Analysis with Gephi. I am allowing myself to replicate this message here and open it to a public for broader discussion.
Have you ever played around with Social Network Analysis?
I’m learning how to do this for my PhD. Playing around with Gephi and harvesting facebook and twitter data. More or less inspired after reading the attached article Online network organization of Barcelona.pdf (3.3 MB).
One of the things that I was thinking about after the inter-mapping was the difference between formal and informal mapping processes. In a sense much of what we were talking about falls into the mapping of formal relationships, voluntarily contributed. What SNA does is map informal relationships. What could we learn from the differences? The impression I get from reading the attached article is that the researchers have been involved in using SNA as part of a reflexive process to answer questions such as ‘How are social movements connected with political groups?’, “How can those connections be strengthened without compromising the integrity of the movements?”. I have a graph with over 50,000 facebook page nodes. My computer is slow as shit. But the ‘community detection’ algorithm which has no knowledge of geography or language was able by math alone to identify 15 groups which I can see roughly correspond to different countries and language groups. I’ve become a bit addicted to this over the past month. Would love to hear your thoughts on this stuff particularly as it relates to mapping and supporting relationship between commons groups.
but recently also informed few Degrowth researches about http://ncase.me/loopy/.
What stroke me in reading the PDF was Fig. 11, which resembled so much the loop-diagrams from https://iseesystems.com/resources/download/scholarship/2015-bennich.pdf
Please note such an online map may draw a false image of them, as it only, and only contains online interaction. This slightly touches the fallacies with mapping we may find when following the research questions that @tuomo recently brought up in
Did you two converse yet, too?
Unfortunately I personally don’t have any experience in exploring these kinds of datasets, but maybe a wider crowd knows further answers?