We will be running a workshop teaching social network analysis (SNA) as part of the DataFest Fringe. SNA is a tool to illusate how different items are connected together. Often shown as nodes describing people and edges how the nodes link together. At its very core social network analysis uses data to help make connections, help people collaborate and help more people benefit from these collaborations.
An example SNA is how different tech companies in Scotland are linked via their employees attending tech events; or connecting togther charities via their trustee links. Knowledge of these networks can be used as a basis for collaboration and helps organisations pair with others to achieve more.
Social network analysis is used to model disease spread, the movement of social capital and interactions on social networking platforms, but its impact could be much wider. During this workshop we will teach participants to transform a raw dataset into an interactive social network graph using open source tools. They will be able to take this work away to apply it on their own data.
The target audience for this event are the public, private and third sectors. Organisers of events are particularly welcome as network analysis of their participants can help build relationships.