Week 11 (Mar 27, 29):

Tuesday Think Relationally: Introduction to Network Visualization

  • Learning Objectives:
    • Understand basic concepts in network analysis, such as nodes, and edges / ties
    • Use Gephi to create a simple network graph
    • Understand the basics of data formats for Gephi
    • Understand the strengths and limits of network graphs for addressing research questions
  • Readings:

Study Guide:

Read Healy’s “Using Metadata to Find Paul Revere”. Consider the following questions:

  • Who was the key person involved in “terrorist groups operating within the Colonies”? How did the “junior analytical scribe” at the old “Royal Security Administration” find him out? (What is the “metadata”?)
  • What are the most important characteristics of the method used by the junior analytical scribe? Consult Weingart’s “Demystifying Networks” to know more about this method. What assumptions does it make? What are its particular strengths and weaknesses?

Thursday Ideology and Court Politics

Learning Objectives:

  • Interpret the different ideological positions of major 11th-century statesmen


Study Guide: