***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org ***** 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)
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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

On Wed, Mar 2, 2011 at 8:29 AM, Stephanie Smith <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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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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