***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org ***** Hi all It may be useful for me to present more on the background context of my earlier inquiry, because others may be interested in the same challenge Many NGOs become involved in advocacy work, both within specific countries and on the international stage. As well as public awareness raising, they also need to engage in lobbying of specific organisations and specific people within them. To do this effectively they need to accumulate information about the targets of their lobbying work, and their relationships with each other, and relevant others. (Those people will not obligingly join social network sites!) Although some knowledge is likely to be "inherited" from previous experiences, NGO staff, in effect, start off with a model of who is connected to whom and how so, that hopefully then gets progressively infilled by factual information, over time. In many cases these models remain in staff members' heads, are only partially shared with others and are rarely well documented. This must limit NGOs effectiveness In these circumstances, it could be very useful for NGOs to be able to find user friendly software that functioned as a contact management database, but which also documented hypothesised and known relationships between contacts, and included a network visualisation capacity. I think there could be a significant demand for such software, either as PC based, or preferably web base, to allow collaborative development of maps of networks of common concern, and associated data on the individual actors in those networks regards, rick davies On Dec 18, 2007 6:05 PM, Rick Davies <[log in to unmask]> wrote: > Hi all > > Some time ago I posted a query re the availability of contact management > software that had a SNA dimension: that enabled representations of > relationships between people in the database, not just information about > each of the individuals in the database > > It has since occurred to me that a reverse approach could be taken (and > someone suggested this I think)...one could set up a private social network, > using Ning <http://www.ning.com/> for example, where all the data on the > actors was (at least initially) entered by the network manager, along with > data on their relationships with each other. Similar management rights could > be extended to others in one's team who were working together on a task that > required a collated view of who all one's contacts were, and their > inter-relationships. > > What I am now interested to know is whether any of the social networking > services offer network visualisation plugins, whereby the relationship data > in these privately managed networks could be visualised, as by NetDraw or > the like. > > Is anyone aware of any social networking services that do this? > > PS: Some people have posted questions/comments to me on this general issue > in the last few weeks, that I may not have responded to (because on > holidays). To those people, please feel free to send me a reminder re-post > > regards, rick davies > > -- > Rick Davies (Dr), > Monitoring and Evaluation Consultant, Cambridge, United Kingdom. > Mobile: (44) 07855 766 354, Skype: rickjdavies, > Email: [log in to unmask] > Monitoring and Evaluation NEWS at http://www.mande.co.uk > Rick on the Road at http://www.mandenews.blogspot.com > Homepage at http://www.shimbir.demon.co.uk -- Rick Davies (Dr), Monitoring and Evaluation Consultant, Cambridge, United Kingdom. Mobile: (44) 07855 766 354, Skype: rickjdavies, Email: [log in to unmask] Monitoring and Evaluation NEWS at http://www.mande.co.uk Rick on the Road at http://www.mandenews.blogspot.com Homepage at http://www.shimbir.demon.co.uk _____________________________________________________________________ SOCNET is a service of INSNA, the professional association for social network researchers (http://www.insna.org). To unsubscribe, send an email message to [log in to unmask] containing the line UNSUBSCRIBE SOCNET in the body of the message.