Visualizing Social & Professional Network Data

Who: Houda Lamqaddan (, Frederik Truyen ( and Koenraad Brosens (, University of Leuven (KU Leuven). Houda is a PhD student in Computer Sciences/Digital Humanities; Fred is a philosopher and a Professor in the Cultural Studies Department; Koen is a Professor in (and Chair) of the Art History Department and PI of

Short Description: Networks are not easy to analyse or represent. How do we find meaningful information inside graphs with too many overlapping connections? How do we do to represent information that is dynamic through time ? Or that suffers from large gaps? Many scholars – rightfully – do not trust attempts to depict social and professional networks because of the challenges these datasets and visualisations have brought. In this hands-on session, we will (briefly) discuss these (and other) data and visualisation issues and solutions, present readily available software options, and introduce an in-house prototype that addresses these challenges. Participants will be encouraged to bring their own data and network visualizations.

Resources, Tools, Projects: