Links on Social Network Analysis

Introduction to Social Network Analysis

John Scott's handbook

Barry Wellman's Social Network Analysis: An Introduction

Robert A Hanneman’s beautiful intro to social network analysis

Bruce Hoppe's intro to network mathematics

Steeve Ebener's intro to social network analysis, mapping, and social relations

Another intro by Streeter & Gillespie

International Network for Social Network Analysis (INSNA)

SOCNET mailing list

Academic Bibliography of Social Network References

JFK School of Government at Harvard University: cool links on SNA



Social Network Analysis and Organization Science

Rob Cross’ site on organizational network analysis

Zack, MH (1995). Researching Organizational Systems using SNA

Borgatti & Foster (2003). “The network paradigm in organizational research”

Steve Borgatti’s site on managerial network analysis

Cross, Borgatti & Parker (2002). “Making Invisible Work Visible”

Hatala, J-P (2006). Social Network Analysis in Human Resource Development: A New Methodology.

Brass, D.J. Social Networks in Organizations: Antecedents and Consequences. A great and annotated bibliography

Yahoo group dedicated to organizational network analysis

Valdis Krebs’ “Organizational network mapping”

Institute for Social Network Analysis of the Economy

Borgatti’s online publications

PhD dissertation on Intra-Organizational Networks by Christian Waldstrøm (2003)


Social Network Analysis and Knowledge Management

Bonnie Nardi et al. (2000). "It's not what you know but who you know"

Rob Cross’ “A bird's-eye view: Using social network analysis to improve knowledge creation and sharing”

Cross, Parker, Prusak & Borgatti (2001). “Knowing what we know”

Borgatti & Cross (2003). “A relational view of information seeking and learning in social networks”

Business Press: KM Magazine on social networks

Business Press: CIO on SNA & KM



Social Network Visualization

Freeman L. (2000) Visualizing social networks

Skye Bender-deMoll and Daniel A. McFarland (2006) Art & Science of dynamic network visualization

Visualcomplexity site: beautiful network pictures

Katy Borner’s Places & Spaces: Mapping Science exhibit

Katy Borner’s Information Visualization Lab publications

Industry-level network pictures by Optimice



Social Network Journals


Journal of Social Structure

Social Networks

Computational & Mathematical Organization Theory


Blogs by Social Network Experts

David Lazer (JFK School of Government, Harvard)

Stanley Wasserman (Indiana University) & Visible Path Corporate Blog

Bruce Hoppe (Connective Associates) and his blog called Connectedness


Social Network Conferences

Sunbelt: everything started there. Annual academic workshop on SNA sponsored by INSNA

Cambridge Colloquium on Complexity and Social Networks (CCCSN)

EGOS, European Group for Organisational Studies, Annual Conference, sub-theme on Organisational Network Analysis

Meshforum: workshop on network visualization


Social Network Research Methods 

Social Network Surveys: download and upload surveys for social network analysis!

References on exponential random graphs

Intro to random graph models by Robins et al. (2005)

Sampling in Social Networks by Rothenberg (1995)




Social Network Analysis Software:


SNA software by file formats: a 2-mode network: an extremely useful map of SNA software compatibility. Here the previous update but with more supporting information


BLANCHE: multi-agent-based computational modeling environment to specify, simulate, and analyze the evolution and co-evolution of networks.

CONSTRUCT: a multi-agent model of group and organizational networks.

EGONET: a program for the collection and analysis of egocentric network data.

FATCAT: network analysis program that works with categorical who-to-whom matrices, in which you select a variable that describes nodes to determine the categories for rows and another one to determine the categories for columns.

IKNOW: (Inquiring Knowledge Networks on the Web), a Web-based e-solution created to help organizations, communities, or individual teams manage knowledge assets.

InFlow: software for mapping and measuring human networks of all types.

KRACKPLOT: Software for network visualization.

NEGOPY/MULTINET: One of the oldest network analysis programs, NEGOPY finds cliques, liaisons, and isolates in networks having up to 1,000 members and 20,000 links. It is used at over 100 universities and research centers around the world.

NetVis: a free open-source Web-based tool to analyze and visualize social networks using data from csv files, online surveys, and dispersed teams.

NETWORK PACKAGE: a collection of tools for the creation and manipulation of network data objects. Network objects allow for simplified storage of complex vertex, edge, and network attributes, and scale more efficiently for large networks than adjacency matrices. The network package is compatible with SNA PACKAGE, but the latter does not require it.

PAJEK: Package for large network analysis.

SIENA (Simulation Investigation for Empirical Network Analysis): for analyzing repeated (longitudinal, dynamic) social network data.

SNA PACKAGE: Collection of R routines for social network analysis. Utilities included range from hierarchical Bayesian modeling of informant accuracy to logistic network regression (with QAP and CUG tests). Quite a few low-level utilities for plotting and transforming networks are available as well, along with many of the usual centrality and distance measures.

StOCNET: open software system for the advanced statistical analysis of social networks.

UCINET: general program designed to facilitate the analysis of social network data.

Visone: long-term research project aimed at developing models and algorithms to integrate and advance the analysis and visualization of social networks. An important part of Visone is the design and implementation of a software tool intended for research and teaching in social network analysis, specifically designed to allow experts and novices alike to apply innovative and advanced visual methods with ease and accuracy.

Visual Thesaurus: a dictionary and thesaurus with an intuitive interface that encourages exploration and learning.


Research Centers on Social Network Analysis:

Arizona State University, Laboratory of Organization Communication and Knowledge Studies: an interdisciplinary laboratory sponsored by the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication, the Department of Industrial Engineering, and the Department of Management at Arizona State University. The lab's purpose is to study communication processes related to the creation, transformation, management, and application of organizational knowledge, and to develop methods appropriate for studying these processes.

Carnegie Mellon University, CASOS, Center for Computational Analysis of Social and Organizational Systems: This center unites computer science and dynamic network analysis for the empirical study of complex socio-technical systems.

Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris, Laboratorie d'Analyse Secondaire et des Méthods Appliquées á la Sociologie, contact Alain Degenne or Marie-Odile Lebeaux to learn more.

Columbia University. Contact Harrison White, Peter Bearman, or David Stark to learn more.

Cornell University, contact Michael Macy to learn more.

Harvard University, contact Peter Marsden to learn more.

Harvard University, Program on Networked Governance, directed by David Lazer.

Indiana University, the InfoVis Lab was founded in 2000 to provide an active and advanced research environment for conducting research in information visualization.

Simon Fraser University, School of Communication, contact Bill Richards or Andrew Seary to learn more.

University of Arizona, contact Ronald Breiger to learn more.

University of California, Santa Barbara, contact Noah Friedkin or Eugene Johnsen to learn more.

University of California, Irvine. Contact Carter Butts to learn more.

University of Groningen, Netherlands, Interuniversity Center for Social Science Theory and Methodology, contact Frans Stokman or Thomas Snijders to learn more.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the Science of Networks in Communities (SONIC) research group was founded in 2004 at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications as part of its effort to enable networks in the next-generation cyberinfrastructure.

University of Ljubljana. Contact Vladimir Batagelj to learn more.

University of Melbourne, Social Networks Laboratory: concentrates on the analysis of social networks, and in particular the development of exponential random graph models for social networks (p* models).

University of Pittsburgh, contact Patrick Doreian to learn more.

University of Toronto, NetLab: a scholarly network, centered at the University of Toronto, studying computer networks, communication networks, and social networks.


Companies offering Social Network Analysis

Anecdote (Australia)

Casaleggio & Associati (Italy) 

Hutchinson Associates (USA)

Knownetlab (Italy)

NetForm International

Optimice (Australia)

Straits Knowledge (Singapore)

Valdis Krebs  (USA)

Visible Path (USA)



Updated March 30 2009