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Tired of your tedious methods of network data collection? Come learn how to
use multiple software programs that will ease the burden of data collection
and make networks more fun!

The Tuesday night session is an introduction to the software systems, with
Wednesday morning focused on hands-on development of surveys relevant to
your needs in EgoWeb and OpenEddi.

Details below:

Interactive Software for Social Network Data Collection, Visualization and
Feedback Intervention

*Day: *Tuesday 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm & Wednesday 8:00 am – 11:00 am

*Workshop Length: *2 sessions (6 hours total – must register for both

*Attendance Limit:* >30

Network data collection is often challenging, tedious, and burdensome on
the respondent and the data collector. When faced with complex set of
ego-network data collections, affiliation networks, long rosters, or
cognitive social structures, current survey software falls short. Social
Mirror, RAND and the University of Kentucky play host to social network
analysis researchers who have come to the same conclusion: to truly collect
data about peoples social networks the people they rely on, talk to,
communicate with  we need tablet-based software that allows people to view
their answers as they give them. In this workshop, each of the teams will
walk you through how to use their software to collect data in the field and
use network visualizations to inform, inspire, and connect your audience.
Software programs include EgoWeb 2.0 (RAND), OpenEddi (University of
Kentucky), and Social Mirror (Social Mirror). ***Addendum: Social Mirror
will be introduced but is currently in transition as a usable software
program, so you will not be able to create a survey using Social Mirror.****


Jesse Fagan

Kate Eddens

OpenEddi is an open-source data collection platform. OpenEddi incorporates
fundamentals of simple and compelling communication (e.g., plain language,
color, drag-and-drop, card sorting) to make the experience accessible for
technologically- and literacy-challenged populations. Questions can be
optimized for touch screens for collection in the field using tablets, and
allows for data collection without the need for a constant network
connection. All question types in the platform are implemented through
plugins allowing users to invent, develop, and share new methods of
collecting data. Current question types are focused on ego-network data
collection and provides respondents with a visualization of their network
as they move through the survey.


David Kennedy

EgoWeb is open-source survey software designed to facilitate the
construction and administration of social network data collection
instruments. It can be used to collect personal network data as well as
complete and cognitive networks. EgoWeb typically runs on a web-server and
can be used to collect network data through any type of web browser. It can
also be configured for interviewers to collect data in the field without a
live internet connection using iPads or laptops. Respondents can also
self-administer surveys after receiving email invitations. Names of alters
can either be entered from scratch or chosen from a list of eligible
alters. EgoWeb has flexible skip-logic capabilities and a variety of
question presentation options to reduce the respondent burden that is
typical of social network interviews.  EgoWeb also provides instant
visualization of network data collected during an interview to facilitate
exploratory/ qualitative data collection about a personal network.  EgoWeb
provides basic analysis output and exports data in a simple format for
analysis in standard network analysis packages such as R.

Social Mirror

Gaia Marcus

***Addendum: Social Mirror will be introduced but is currently in
transition as a usable software program, so you will not be able to create
a survey using Social Mirror.****

Social networks who you know and are connected to  are understood to reach
into all areas of life, yet very few people or organisations are capable of
drawing insights from network information. Social Mirror is a tablet
application that you can use to measure, visualise, and see the potential
for change in online and offline networks. Social Mirror: Community
Prescriptions is a tool that links people to activities and groups in their
local area that might be beneficial for them, by automatically issuing
bespoke social and community prescriptions in a digital form as a result of
wellbeing and social connections information that a user inputs into the
tablet. By testing the app’s effectiveness in different contexts  such as
among GPs or other health practitioners  the Social Mirror group will
evaluate the impact of social prescriptions on people’s mental wellbeing,
their sense of attachment to and participation in the local community, and
their use of public services.

 *Submitting Instructor:* Kate Eddens

*Institution:* University of Kentucky

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