Online tutorial for (Excel) .NetMap: October 27, 2008 at Harvard

Oct 26, 2008 at 2:41 PM
~Online event. Registration required, and free of charge.~

Note that there is a small chance that we will hit the capacity limit of 200, so register ahead of time at:

This url also has links to where you can download the software, information on technical requirements for logging on, etc.

(Excel) .NetMap is an add-in for Office 2007 that provides social network diagram and analysis tools in the context of a spreadsheet. Adding the directed graph chart type to Excel opens up many possibilities for easily
manipulating networks and controlling their display properties.

In this tutorial the steps needed to install and operate (Excel) .NetMap are reviewed. The (Excel) .NetMap add-in provides directed graph charting features within Excel, allowing users to create node-link diagrams with control over each node and edge color, size, transparency and shape. Since .NetMap  builds within Excel, all of the controls and programmatic features of Office are available. Additional features of (Excel) .NetMap  generate
social networks from data sources like personal e-mail (drawing data from the Windows Desktop Search engine). Arbitrary edge lists (anything that can be pasted into Excel) can be visualized and analyzed in .NetMap .

Formerly at Microsoft Research, Marc Smith is Chief Social Scientist at the Telligent corporation.  Smith studies the social organization of online communities and computer mediated interaction. He is the co-editor with Peter Kollock of Communities in Cyberspace (Routledge), a collection of essays exploring the ways identity; interaction and social order develop in online groups.

Smith's research focuses on computer-mediated collective action: the ways group dynamics change when they take place in and through social cyberspaces. Many "groups" in cyberspace produce public goods and organize themselves in the form of a commons (see related papers ). Smith's goal is to visualize these social cyberspaces, mapping and measuring their structure, dynamics and life cycles. 

This session will provide a walk through the basic operation of .NetMap . Attendees are encouraged to bring an edge list of interest. Sample data sets will be provided. Techniques for time slicing and filtering networks will be highlighted.

The .NetMap project involves several people at MSR including Natasa Milic-Frayling, Eduarda Mendes Rodrigues, Eric Gleave, Dan Fay and Tony Hey.

External contributors to the .NetMap project include Ben Shneiderman, Adam Perer, and Cody Dunne.

.NetMap is written by Tony Capone.  

I will soon be working as Chief Social Scientist at Telligent. 

I will continue to contribute to the .NetMap project which will now be led by Natasa Milic-Frayling from Microsoft Research in Cambridge, England.


Marc Smith