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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 sessions)

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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