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Hello Socnetters,


Don’t forget to register for a workshop at the next Sunbelt conference.
Workshops are nice places to learn a bit and meet people. And maybe you even
enroll for mine – I’ve been told that it is a great one. ;)



Visualizing Social Networks. How to Create Meaningful and Compelling Network


Jürgen Pfeffer, Carnegie Mellon University


The ability to visualize social structures is one of the most obvious
advantages of social network analysis. With network drawings, you are able
to visualize analytical research results in a communicative way. Presenting
outcomes is a common application of network visualizations, however they are
not only for use at the end of a research project; they can also yield first
impressions of data in a very early stage of this process. The precondition
for effective information visualization and successful visual reasoning is
the capability to draw “good” pictures. Although drawing networks is more
complex than clicking the “Draw” button of a social network analysis tool, a
basic knowledge of certain rules can increase the quality of your
visualizations dramatically. These techniques, explored in this workshop,
make visualizing networks into a craft rather than an art.


In this workshop, you will learn about different aspects of visualizing
networks and about underlying visualization principles, giving you the
ability to assess the quality of network visualizations and to draw better
network pictures by yourself. This workshop is neither an introduction into
a specific network analysis tool nor will we discuss technical details about
layout algorithms or the like. Instead, this 3 hours session will cover the
following topics:


- Fundamentals of information visualization

- Visual elements for drawing networks

- Multivariate information visualization with networks

- Communicating with colors

- Human perception


Participants are invited to bring their own network data in order to create
meaningful and compelling network drawings for their publications and
presentations (e.g. Sunbelt).





Juergen Pfeffer, Assistant Research Professor

School of Computer Science

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, USA




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