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Network Analysis & Data Visualization for Humanities and Social Sciences


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Network analysis & visualisation tools

  • Gephi STAFF PICK!!!
    Gephi is a free, open source interactive visualisation and data exploration tool. Users can manipulate the display to uncover new facets of the data, enabling intuitive exploration.
  • Cytoscape 
    Cytoscape is an open source software platform for visualising data networks and pathways. Though designed for bioinformatic systems, it has been generalized to complex network analysis and has applications extending to the semantic web. Its core distribution has basic features for data integration and visualisation, with additional features available via Java-based plugins.
  • Pajek 

    Pajek is a free tool for large network analysis and visualisation in continuous development since 1996. It can handle large datasets from diverse sources, such as collaboration networks, citiation networks, data mining, and Internet-derived networks. Pajek is only available for Windows, and was implemented in Delphi (Pascal).

  • VOSviewer 
    VOSviewer is a software tool for constructing and visualising bibliometric networks. These networks may for instance include journals, researchers, or individual publications, and they can be constructed based on citation, bibliographic coupling, co-citation, or co-authorship relations. VOSviewer also offers text mining functionality that can be used to construct and visualize co-occurrence networks of important terms extracted from a body of scientific literature.

  • Jigsaw 
    Jigsaw is a free visual analytics application for exploring collections of documents such as text or spreadsheets. The visualisations include graph, temporal and connections-based, and can be viewed on a document or corpus level.

  • NodeXL
    NodeXL Basic is a free, open-source template for Microsoft® Excel® 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2016 that makes it easy to explore network graphs.  With NodeXL, you can enter a network edge list in a worksheet, click a button and see your graph, all in the familiar environment of the Excel window.

  • Palladio 

    A platform for visualising and analysing networks of historical data. Palladio is web-based tool that allows a user to upload structured data, graphically establish context within Palladio and then choose from a variety of innovative spatial, temporal and network visualisations to analyse and present research findings.

  • Network Navigator 
    A tool that provides a quick and easy way metrics-focused look into network data. The focus is on sortable tables, while a small visualisation option is provided for comparison purposes.

  • NodeGoat 

    Nodegoat is web-based data management, network analysis, and visualisation environment that allows to build  complex datasets based on the own data model and offers relational modes of analysis with spatial and chronological forms of contextualisation to instantly process, analyse and visualise complex datasets relationally, diachronically and spatially.

  • Netlytic 
    Netlytic is a free, web-based tool for analysing and visualising text and social network data. It enables users to capture data from sources such as social media, blogs or online forums; identify themes and actors; and generate both chain and personal name networks for further analysis and visualization. Users can import datasets from RSS, cloud storage (Google Drive or Dropbox), Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and a plain text file.

  • Texture 
    Textexture is a free, web-based tool for visualising texts as a network. The visualisation gives a quick visual summary of the text. Clicking on nodes brings up the excerpts the tool has identified as most relevant, and permits users to locate similar texts.

  • UNC Prospect
    Prospect is a sophisticated web-app implemented as a plugin for WordPress that enables users to create and curate collections of structured data and then enable the wider public to visualise and access those collections. The graphical representation of data – whether it be geographical information shown on maps, temporal data shown on timelines, interpersonal relationships shown as connected graphs, etc. – can facilitate end-users in comprehending it quickly and interpreting and analysing it.


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