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Upcoming workshop at “Sunbelt” Conference for International Network for Social Network Analysis on NodeXL

Sunset in San Diego: INSNA Sunbelt 2009

March 10-14, 2009 is the INSNA (International Network for Social Network Analysts) “Sunbelt” conference in San Diego (

On Wednesday, March 11th 8:30am – noon I will present a workshop on:

Using NodeXL for Social Network Analysis (Excel)

NodeXL 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 NodeXL are reviewed. The NodeXL 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 NodeXL builds within Excel, all of the controls and programmatic features of Office are available. Additional features of NodeXL 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 NodeXL. This session will provide a walk through the basic operation of NodeXL. Attendees are encouraged to bring an edge list of interest. Sample data sets will be provided. To download the NodeXL Add-in and slides, go to:

Along with Professor Derek Hansen, from the University of Maryland, College of Information Studies, I will run a similar workshop at the Communities and Technologies 2009 Conference on June 24th at Penn State.

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