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Social Networking for Academics and Scholars. Throughout my first year of graduate school, I was advised to use Social Media as an opportunity to both showcase my accomplishments, and connect and expand my professional network. Given its potential for collaboration, building connections, and exchanging information and ideas, can academics and scholars similarly utilize social media to improve scholarship? Why not?! Sure enough, several social media sites already exist solely for connecting academics and supporting scholarly endeavors! Here are a few: Academia.edu – According to its website “Academia.edu is a platform for academics to share research papers.” Mendeley - According to its features page , Mendeley is “a free and that can help you organize your research, collaborate with others online, and discover the latest research.”

ResearchGate.net - ResearchGate’s tagline is “built for scientists, by scientists, with the idea that science can do more when it’s driven by collaboration.” Hello! What a Tweet Can Tell You. Imagine a tiny little sun, just bursting with heat and light, but trapped inside a hard metal cover with a few holes to let beams of energy stream out from inside.

What a Tweet Can Tell You

Now imagine there were millions of those little suns, maybe the size of basketballs or tennis balls, all rolling down an assembly line one after another, each with a unique pattern of holes and beams of light streaming out into the world. That's what Twitter is. Inside every unborn tweet you can find infinite potential - someone will be in a place, with social context and they will say something, anything, and give that potential a form.

They will say something and it will be instantly available to anyone in the world who's subscribed. Each tweet has more than 30 fields of metadata under the hood; the value populating each of those fields makes up the unique patterns of holes in the metal cover that lets the light out from inside. "One could spend months mining Twitter using @DataSift," said Paul M. Mapping Online Publics » Blog Archive » Twitter Research Methods. How the World Uses Social Networks [INFOGRAPHIC] The Social Media Infographics Series is supported by Vocus' Social Media Strategy Tool, a free, six-step online tool that lets you build a custom social media framework tailored to your organization’s goals.

How the World Uses Social Networks [INFOGRAPHIC]

Amidst the Facebook-centric society in which we now seem to live, it's important to remember that groups of people around the world use social networks differently. We've taken a look at the social media breakdown in 10 countries — how they're engaging with social networks, blogs and Internet culture. Based on data provided by Nielsen, Facebook is clearly the favored social network. However, you might be surprised to see how runners-up like Twitter and LinkedIn rank on a global scale. Take a peek at our infographic, and please let us know in the comments below which social networks are popular (or gaining popularity) in your country of residence. Infographic design by Nick Sigler Series supported by Vocus. 10 Infographics and Visualization Apps for iOS. As infographics continue to evolve and grow in popularity, so do the different ways we can view them.

10 Infographics and Visualization Apps for iOS

A bunch of infographic specific apps have begun showing up on mobile devices. The functions of these apps include viewing world statistics, infographic design portfolios, company dashboards, creating mind maps, finding new apps and exploring your music collection visually. Today we look at 10 Infographic Apps for iOS devices (in no particular order): 1.

Stats of the Union (FREE) (iPad ONLY) Stats of the Union is a data visualization app from Ben Fry, Fathom Information Design and GE. Explore the nation’s vital signs―from life expectancy to access to medical care―and make your own conclusions about America’s health. 2. (iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch) A very cool app from Dear Future Astronaut AB. Create cool infographics about how, when and where you take photos on iPhone. 3. Discovr Apps is a great, interactive mind map of related iOS apps, and works as a discovery tool to find new apps. 4. Social Network Analysis. Social Network Analysis. Social network analysis [SNA] is the mapping and measuring of relationships and flows between people, groups, organizations, computers, URLs, and other connected information/knowledge entities.

Social Network Analysis

The nodes in the network are the people and groups while the links show relationships or flows between the nodes. SNA provides both a visual and a mathematical analysis of human relationships. Management consultants use this methodology with their business clients and call it Organizational Network Analysis [ONA]. ONA allows you to x-ray your organization and reveal the managerial nervous system that connects everything. Introduction to Social Network Methods: Table of Contents. Robert A. Hanneman and Mark Riddle Introduction to social network methods Table of contents About this book This on-line textbook introduces many of the basics of formal approaches to the analysis of social networks.

You are invited to use and redistribute this text freely -- but please acknowledge the source. Hanneman, Robert A. and Mark Riddle. 2005. Table of contents: Preface1. Introduction to Social Network Methods:  Chapter 1: Social Network Data. 1.

Introduction to Social Network Methods:  Chapter 1: Social Network Data

Social network data On one hand, there really isn't anything about social network data that is all that unusual. Social network analysts do use a specialized language for describing the structure and contents of the sets of observations that they use. But, network data can also be described and understood using the ideas and concepts of more familiar methods, like cross-sectional survey research. On the other hand, the data sets that social network analysts develop usually end up looking quite different from the conventional rectangular data array so familiar to survey researchers and statistical analysts.