Using network analysis techniques to map relationships in online communities in near-real time: think Google Analytics, but for relationships between users. A prototype of this software has been used to perform a network analysis of the first Edgeryders community. 

This project was initiated by Alberto and various collaborators – some of them Edgeryders. It has since morphed in a component of a EU project called CATALYST, to which I participate under the aegis of Wikitalia

Update January 2015: Edgeryders officially partner up with Catalyst to test two of their tools, Edgesense and Assembl. Learn more

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So where are you in the conversation graph? (Re) Introducing Edgesense

Alberto's picture

Like many online communities, Edgeryders hosts a hell of a conversation. Over four years, 3,000 people have contributed about 4,000 posts and 16,000 comments. That's a lot of content. But what about quality? 

This is an important question. At Edgeryders we care about the quality of written conversation. We believe there is such a thing as collective intelligence. 

Masters of Networks 3 teaser!

Alberto's picture

Masters of Networks 3 was a 2 days event in Rome where network scientists and online community managers (including @Noemi from Edgeryders) got together to look at social dynamics in online dialogue in a network perspective. We all used various Edgesense installations, including our very own.

And now we have this wonderful video! Coming soon: a longer version.

Testing the Edgesense live demo: awesome living tech

Noemi's picture

So our own tool for monitoring the Edgeryders community over time is up and running! It’s called Edgesense and it’s a Drupal module for social network analysis build by no others than @Alberto, @Luca Mearelli and the Wikitalia team. It runs on the Edgeryders database starting 2012 to date, and returns results in the form of network visualisations –weekly captures of the network shape.

Network pizza: network analysis to understand online conversations

Alberto's picture

Online communities are a thing of mystery and wonder. How is it that people who have never met argue passionately, create projects together, become friends and sometimes enemies? The answer, I think, has to do with interaction across humans and its patterns. And we have an intuitive way to think about interaction: networks.

Sunday July 20th at 17.00, at the unMonastery, I will be giving a workshop on using network analysis to understand online conversations. The program:

Sun, 2014-07-20 (All day)

Say hi to Edgesense

Alberto's picture

As a part of my quest towards designing for emergent social dynamics in online conversations, I got involved in a EU project on collective intelligence called CATALYST (wearing my Wikitalia hat). I head a small team of two working on – you guessed it – network analysis for the masses. Specifically, we are making a Drupal module for social network analysis of online conversations, based on Python, Networkx, sigma.js and D3.

Debugging democracy with network analysis

Yes, I know, it seems preposterous. And yet, the more I turn it around in my head, the more it makes sense. A few months ago I presented at TEDx Bologna, and used the opportunity to try and stitch together the pieces of my intellectual journey of the past five-six years around this issue.

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So where are you in the conversation graph? (Re) Introducing Edgesense

Alberto's picture

Like many online communities, Edgeryders hosts a hell of a conversation. Over four years, 3,000 people have contributed about 4,000 posts and 16,000 comments. That's a lot of content. But what about quality? 

This is an important question. At Edgeryders we care about the quality of written conversation. We believe there is such a thing as collective intelligence. 

Masters of Networks 3 teaser!

Alberto's picture

Masters of Networks 3 was a 2 days event in Rome where network scientists and online community managers (including @Noemi from Edgeryders) got together to look at social dynamics in online dialogue in a network perspective. We all used various Edgesense installations, including our very own.

And now we have this wonderful video! Coming soon: a longer version.

Testing the Edgesense live demo: awesome living tech

Noemi's picture

So our own tool for monitoring the Edgeryders community over time is up and running! It’s called Edgesense and it’s a Drupal module for social network analysis build by no others than @Alberto, @Luca Mearelli and the Wikitalia team. It runs on the Edgeryders database starting 2012 to date, and returns results in the form of network visualisations –weekly captures of the network shape.

Say hi to Edgesense

Alberto's picture

As a part of my quest towards designing for emergent social dynamics in online conversations, I got involved in a EU project on collective intelligence called CATALYST (wearing my Wikitalia hat). I head a small team of two working on – you guessed it – network analysis for the masses. Specifically, we are making a Drupal module for social network analysis of online conversations, based on Python, Networkx, sigma.js and D3.

Debugging democracy with network analysis

Yes, I know, it seems preposterous. And yet, the more I turn it around in my head, the more it makes sense. A few months ago I presented at TEDx Bologna, and used the opportunity to try and stitch together the pieces of my intellectual journey of the past five-six years around this issue.

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