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That feature is CEMAP and it is PART of the ORA tool at CASOS. ORA is
free to educational groups.
Ian McCulloh wrote:
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> Terrill Frantz at Carnegie Mellon developed an easy to use feature for
> downloading your Facebook network. I have used this in my graduate class at
> Curtin and the last three undergraduate courses that I have taught on SNA.
> The Facebook network is an excellent pedagogical tool in my opinion. Even
> students that are not on Facebook, have been able to develop a network of
> 30+ friends in a matter of a week or two. Because people understand who is
> in their network it creates an excellent context for explaining centrality
> concepts as well as other concepts in SNA. I have found the Facebook most
> useful for explaining structural equivalence and subgroup analysis. There
> is a Technical Report with clear step by step instructions to include screen
> captures at:
> http://reports-archive.adm.cs.cmu.edu/anon/isr2009/CMU-ISR-09-102.pdf. I
> know there is another tool for extracting your Facebook network, but I don't
> know the details.
> I have also tried in the past to collect network data on the students for
> use in the class. I don't recommend this. About half the time, there will
> be a student that people in the class don't care for. You of course don't
> want to associate names, because this could make the person feel bad. This
> tends to make the data less personnal and loses some of the pedegogical
> For data sets, I would recommend checking out the CASOS website at
> www.casos.cs.cmu.edu. They have a bunch of data sets available for free
> download and they provide text files explaining where the data came from.
> It could be that I am missing the point of your question too. Were you
> looking for good pedagogical tools, or justification for developing a budget
> on a research grant?
> On Wed, Oct 21, 2009 at 11:32 AM, Dc Christopoulos <
> [log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> Michael and Colleagues
>> I second Tom's suggestion. It would make sense to spend resources on
>> making databases more widely available.
>> For my graduate class at Essex I have contacted half a dozen colleagues who
>> have made their datasets available, providing me with codebooks etc. I
>> think that is the easiest and most efficient way of introducing students to
>> different ways networks have been measured and analysed.
>> I also run a series of decision simulation games among undergraduates where
>> I use an experimental protocol to collect network data. The benefit to me
>> is that I associate this to my own research, the benefit to students that
>> they understand network evolution and the relevance of relational space to
>> decisions and influence.
>> As for software, I would stronly recommend you stay with UCINET. Its
>> initial aim was to be an educational tool and it therefore maintains clear
>> command structure, good help screens and regular updates. You can add from
>> the freely available software platforms (SIENA, PAJEK, ORA) as and when
>> Dr Dimitrios C Christopoulos
>> Senior Lecturer
>> Department of Politics
>> Bristol - University of the West of England
>> Coldharbour Lane
>> BS16 1QY
>> Recent Publications:
>> Graduate Networks Class: http://groups.google.co.uk/group/sna-methods
>> Working Papers:
>> *From:* Social Networks Discussion Forum [[log in to unmask]] On Behalf
>> Of Michael Heaney [[log in to unmask]]
>> *Sent:* 21 October 2009 01:25
>> *To:* [log in to unmask]
>> *Subject:* Funds for Undergraduate Education on Networks
>> ***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org ***** Dear All,
>> I'm putting together a grant to help support undergraduate education on
>> social networks at the University of Michigan. The grant focuses on
>> technology. I'm looking for ideas on how to propose to spend the money.
>> For example, I'm proposing to buy 40 copies of UCINet. But I would welcome
>> other suggestions. Software purchase is an obvious possibility, so specific
>> recommendations on which software is best would be helpful. Nonobvious
>> ideas are welcome too!
>> Please e-mail your suggestions to me privately at [log in to unmask]
>> Michael T. Heaney, Ph.D.
>> Assistant Professor of Organizational Studies & Political Science
>> University of Michigan
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