A Beginners Guide to Social Network Analysis

Sponsored by the Section on Complexity and Network Studies (SCNS)
12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. | March 17, 2017

Objectives and Rationale: To provide a user friendly introduction to the methods and tools of social network analysis. This workshop is intended for both practitioners and researchers looking to use social network methods for the first time or to simply learn more about the methodology.

1.    Introduction to network theory, data collection, and measurement (Michael Siciliano)
a.    Why study networks?
b.    Conceptualizing and measuring networks
c.    Data collection
d.    Overview of network questions and analysis tools

2.    Using UCINET for network visualizing and analysis (Tom Haase)
a.    Importing and exporting network data
b.    Calculating basic network measures
c.    Visualizing network data
d.    Examples of more advanced network analysis methods

                          ~ Break ~

3.    Applications of Social Network Analysis
a.    Disasters and disaster management (Naim Kapucu)
b.    Watersheds and ecological systems (Chris Koliba)
c.    Crime and recidivism (Aleksey Kolpakov)
d.    Local & regional governance (Jack Meek)

4.    Wrap-up
a.    Question and answer
b.    One on One with presenters
c.    Hands on assistance with participant research questions/data