- visualcomplexity collects such approaches and offers dozens of links to projects and institutions
- Mark Lombardi
- muckety.com “lists top government and political figures, as well as board members of Fortune 1000 companies, major nonprofits and influential colleges with interactive maps that enable you to explore relationships of the rich, powerful and connected.”, example: Peter G. Peterson (t)
- theyrule.net "aims to provide a glimpse of some of the relationships of the US ruling class"
- exxonsecrets.org “research database of information on the corporate funded anti-environmental movement.”
- opensecrets.org “US Politicians & Elections – where is all this money coming from? Who’s giving it? Who’s getting it?”
- StinkTanks.org “The State Policy Network (SPN) has been used as the “middle man” for the national right-wing network, as SPN is funded by numerous right-wing foundations. At the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) corporate lobbyists and state lawmakers go behind closed doors to create laws, with no input from the public, that end up helping the corporations’ bottom lines.”
- sourcewatch.org The Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) is investigating and exposing the undue influence of corporations and front groups on public policy, including PR campaigns, lobbying, and electioneering, outsourcing and bailout profiters (“cuts to Social Security and Medicare as the long-term agenda for debt crisis-monger Pete Peterson and government haters David and Charles Koch” as part of the Fix the Debt campaign)
public data sets¶
Widely used and well-documented GUI packages include NetMiner, UCINet, Pajek (freeware), GUESS, ORA, and Cytoscape. Private GUI packages directed at business customers include: Orgnet, which provides training on the use of its software, Keyhubs, KeyLines and KXEN. Other SNA platforms, such as Idiro SNA Plus, have been specifically developed for particular industries such as telecoms and online gaming where massive data sets need to be analyzed.
Commonly used and well-documented scripting tools used for network analysis include: NetMiner with Python scripting engine, the statnet suite of packages for the R statistical programming language, igraph, which has packages for R and Python, the NetworkX library for Python, and the SNAP package for large-scale network analysis in C++. Though difficult to learn, some of these open source packages are growing much faster in terms of functionality and features than privately maintained software, and extensive documentation and tutorials are available.
All of the tools above contain visualization capabilities, NetMiner, igraph, Cytoscape, NetworkX have the highest level of functionality in terms of producing high-quality graphics.
Also worthy of mention are the variety of tools built primarily for network visualization, some of which also contain social network analytic features. These include general purpose visualization tools such as SocNetV and Tulip; tools designed for medical applications such as SocioMetrica; tools designed for law-enforcement and intelligence organizations such as i2 Analyst’s Notebook, SilentRunner Sentinel, KeyLines by Cambridge Intelligence and Sentinel Visualizer; tools designed for corporations and businesses such as NodeXL, RapidNet, Keyhubs, Idro, Ipoint, and Sonamine.
- Social Network Analysis Labs in R and SoNIA
- UCInet 6 (with Wine)
- EgoNet “collect and analyse all the egocentric network data (all social network data of a website on the Internet)”