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Hi Stephanie,

I join Eric in applauding your enterprise in understanding social 
networks within their geographic contexts. However, ArcGIS may be 
expensive for your to obtain, and the software has a learning curve that 
may be steeper than you need for your work.

I recommend a free, open-source product, which will do 80% of all of the 
things 80% of ArcGIS users actually do with that software. It is 
MapWindow GIS.

The software can be downloaded at the URL:

Tutorials to get started are available at the URL:

In your message, you use the phrase "latitude and longitude". Be sure to 
keep in mind that in the geospatial world, the phrase is "longitude and 
latitude". That is because you are often asked for x,y coordinates, and 
it is easy to become confused if you think of the two coordinates in the 
wrong order. Also, I assume that you know that the coordinates should be 
given in decimal degrees, rather than in the minutes & seconds versions.

We are currently developing a free GIS manual/tutorial for researchers 
and teachers in history and the historical social scientists (to use the 
phrase of sociologist Immanuel Wallerstein). The exercises can be 
completed using any GIS software, but the book will be especially 
designed for MapWindow GIS because it is free and easily available, 
permitting researchers to try GIS without a big financial investment.

I hope that this information is helpful.

Dr. J. B. "Jack" Owens, Ph.D.
Director, Geographically-Integrated History Laboratory
Research Professor of History, Idaho State University, USA
Lead PI, SOCNET Project, CDI, NSF (2009-2013)
Co-coordinator, DynCoopNet Project, TECT, ESF/NSF (2007-2010)
Guggenheim Fellow (2005-2006)
National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow (2004-2005)
E-mail: [log in to unmask]

On 3/2/2011 2:37 PM, Eric DesMarais wrote:
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> Since you have coordinate data, it sounds like the easiest thing to do 
> would be to use GIS software such as ArcGIS, use your network visual 
> as an overlay, and stretch it to fit over the map, matching the 
> coordinate data of your nodes to the coordinate data of the map.
> It is exciting to see another doctoral student in social work using 
> maps and networks.  Hope your project goes well.
> -- 
> Eric DesMarais, MSW, LCSW
> Doctoral Student
> Graduate School of Social Work
> University of Denver
> 2148 South High Street
> Denver, CO 80208
> 720-413-5809
> On Wed, Mar 2, 2011 at 8:29 AM, Stephanie Smith 
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>     I have been trying to figure out how to project the image of my
>     network on to a map and have not been successful. I have the
>     latitude and longitude of each node and have made them into
>     attribute files so to place the nodes with their location on the
>     map. However, once I'm in NetDraw and click on Layout/Coordinates
>     as Attrbutes and try to complete the steps, my network vanishes!
>     **Poof**
>     Has this ever happened to anyone else? If so, do you know what I
>     am doing wrong?
>     Any help you could lend would be greatly appreciated.
>     Thank you!
>     Stephanie Smith
>     PhD Student
>     School of Sociology, Social Policy & Social Work
>     Queen's University Belfast
>     6 College Park
>     Belfast BT7 1LP
>     Northern Ireland

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