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The simplest, easiest way to get insights into networks, try the free and open NodeXL! Network Overview Discovery and Exploration for Excel 2007/2010/2013 NodeXL provides support for social network analysis in the context of a spreadsheet. See: NodeXL is a project from the Social Media Research Foundation and is a collaboration among: NodeXL is the free and open add-in for Excel that supports network overview, discovery and exploration. NodeXL requires Office 2007, 2010 or 2013. A video tutorial for NodeXL can be found at: A book Analyzing Social Media Networks with NodeXL: Insights from a connected world is available from Morgan-Kaufmann: Analyzing Social Media Networks with NodeXL: Insights from a Connected World Supporting documentation can be found at Data sets and other teaching materials are available at Information about NodeXL can often be found on the Connected Action blog ( A recent slide deck describing NodeXL can be found at: Social Media Research Related Publications

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Google Obtains IBM Technology for Assessing Social Users' Interests Among a handful of patents transferred last December 31 from IBM's portfolio to that of Google, as first discovered by Bill Slawski of SEO By the Sea, is a system for processing text compiled by users of social networks, and ascertaining their common interests. We've already seen the rise of tools such as Radian6 for ascertaining social net users' individual interests; this new technology, which received a U.S. patent only one year ago, would judge what concepts they share with one another. The goal of this technology, as IBM originally stated, is to literally to filter out irrelevant links to articles that may not pertain to users' search intentions. What we don't know yet is whether Google intends to use this technology, or simply keep others from using it first.

Make sense of graph data with Linkurious, a web-based application for searching and visualizing graph databases. - Linkurious. See Graph Databases Easily Visualize and explore graphs Neo4j user or looking for a way to visualize large scale graph data? Linkurious is the easiest way to explore and visualize networks. Install it on your machine and within minutes, you can start navigating inside your graph database. Search for properties, inspect nodes, and explore their relationships visually in your web browser. Contact us if you wish to work with another database management system.

Web 3.0 (2010) A short story about the Semantic Web. Some Internet experts believe the next generation of the Web - Web 3.0 - will make tasks like your search for movies and food faster and easier. Instead of multiple searches, you might type a complex sentence or two in your Web 3.0 browser, and the Web will do the rest. In a networked world, why is the geography of knowledge still uneven? Children in an internet shop in Jakarta. The distribution of online knowledge is heavily weighted towards the global north. Photograph: Romeo Gacad/AFP/Getty Images Digital information – photographs, blogs, videos, tweets, Wikipedia articles, reviews, descriptions, stories, and myriad other types of content – surrounds us.

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New Eurostat website - Eurostat 15 December 2014 The website has been subject to a complete design overhaul to make it more attractive and easier to use, although the overall structure of the website will remain the same. Furthermore, the technological infrastructure supporting the website has been replaced. The data extraction and visualization tools will not change and keep the same functionality.