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Historical social networks
via Karl van Meter
FRSC NetLab Network INSNA Founder
Faculty of Information (iSchool)
University of Toronto Toronto Canada M5S 3G6
http://www.chass.utoronto.ca/~wellman twitter: @barrywellman
NETWORKED:The New Social Operating System. Lee Rainie & Barry Wellman
MIT Press http://amzn.to/zXZg39 Print $15 Kindle $9
Historical Network Research Conference 2014*
Ghent University, Belgium, 15-19 September.
This conference follows up the Future of Historical Network Research
(HNR) Conference 2013 <http://historicalnetworkresearch.org/?page_id=83>
and aims to bring together scholars from all historical disciplines,
sociologists, other social scientists, geographers and computer
scientists to discuss the emerging field of historical Social Network
Analysis. The concepts and methods of social network analysis in
historical research are no longer merely used as metaphors but are
increasingly applied in practice. With the increasing availability of
both structured and unstructured digital data, we should be able to
analyze complex phenomena. Historical SNA can help us to cope with the
organization of this information and the reduction of complexity.
There will be papers from ancient to contemporary history, integrating
social network analysis methods and historical research methods and
reflecting on the added value of their methodologies. Since most
historical data is unstructured, we will look at innovative ways to
derive, mine or prepare this kind of data (historical and literary texts,
images, ...) for SNA. Social scientists or computer scientists working
with historical sources or longitudinal perspectives will be present.
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