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I will be teaching a short course on Hyperlink Network Analysis at the
upcoming Australian Consortium for Social and Political Research
Incorporated (ACSPRI) training program.
The course runs for one week (2-6 July) and it is conveniently timed for
the week before the 2012 RC33 Eighth International Conference on Social
Science Methodology, also held in Sydney.
For more details on my course, see http://acspri.org.au/node/953
This course will provide students with an introduction to empirical
approaches for studying hyperlink networks, with a substantive focus on
organisational WWW hyperlink networks and blog networks. The course
will introduce students to three broad approaches to social scientific
research into hyperlink networks, looking at examples of research where
hyperlink networks have been studied as citation networks (library and
information sciences), issue networks (media studies) and social
networks (sociology). There will also be an introduction to three
available tools for hyperlink network research: Issuecrawler, SocSciBot
and VOSON (which was created by the course instructor). The practical
part of the course will focus on VOSON, which is a tool for hyperlink
network construction and analysis, and is available as a web application
and as a plugin to NodeXL (a free Excel 2007/2010 template for social
network analysis). Finally, there will be an introduction to
statistical analysis of hyperlink networks using ERGM/p* models.
See http://voson.anu.edu.au and http://www.uberlink.com for information
on VOSON and http://nodexl.codeplex.com for information on NodeXL.
Ackland, R. (2010), "WWW Hyperlink Networks," Chapter 12 in D. Hansen,
B. Shneiderman and M. Smith (eds), Analyzing Social Media Networks with
NodeXL: Insights from a connected world. Morgan-Kaufmann.
Ackland, R. and M. O'Neil (2011), "Online collective identity: The case
of the environmental movement," Social Networks, 33, 177-190.
Lusher, D. and R. Ackland (2011), "A Relational Hyperlink Analysis of an
Online Social Movement," Journal of Social Structure, volume 12, number
5. Available at: http://www.cmu.edu/joss/content/articles/volume12/Lusher/
Assoc. Prof. Robert Ackland
Coordinator of Master of Social Research, Australian Demographic and
Social Research Institute, The Australian National University
Information about the Master of Social Research
(Social Science of the Internet specialisation):
CRICOS No: 061772F
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