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An Introduction to Network Visualisation for Analysis


If you would like to play along – and please do – in advance of lecture please visit and install the software on your own laptop.

Note: The current stable version of Gephi will only run with Java 7 or 8. On Mac OS X, Java is bundled with the application so it doesn’t have to be installed separately. On Windows and Linux, the system must be equipped with Java.

Installation instructions are available on the download page:

Test your Gephi Install by launching Gephi and choosing to open ‘Les Miserables.gexf’ from the screen presented.

The slides from this presentation can be dowloaded at:  Intro to Scholarly Network Analysis and Visualisation

The tutorial uses this raw network file (download it to your desktop or any place you can remember to open it from – save the file, do not click this link to simply open it: Les Miserables Raw File for Tutorial

A Step-by-Step Introductory Gephi Tutorial


  1. Mapping Shakespeare’s Tragedies – (The Large Image) – Martin Grandjean
  2. Exploring Dáil Data – Dave Kelly
  3. Industrial Memories – Communications – Derek Greene
  4. Industrial Memories – Transfer Map – Derek Greene
  5. The Star Wars Social Network – Evelina Gabasova
  6. Panama Papers – ICIJ
  7. Kindred Britain – Stanford
  8. Visualisation of Visualisations – Santiago Ortiz
  9. Personal Knowledge Database – Santiago Ortiz


  1. Social Network Analysis – John Scott
  2. Demystifying Networks – Scott Weingart
  3. Formal network methods in history: why and how? – Claire Lemercier
  4. From Hermeneutics to Data to Networks: Data Extraction and Network Visualization of Historical Sources – Marten Düring
  5. More Networks in the Humanities or Did books have DNA? – Elijah Meeks
  6. An Introduction to Social Network Methods – Robert A. Hanneman and Mark Riddle
  7. Practical Social Network Analysis Using Gephi – Derek Greene
  8. Networks, Crowds and Markets – Easley and Kleinberg
  9. Mastering Gephi Network Visualisation – Ken Chevron
  10. GEPHI – Introduction to Network Analysis and Visualisation – Martin Grandjean
  11. How to explore a network graph of electronic literature in Gephi – Jill Walker Rettberg
  12. Some Fun Datasets to Play with – Gephi GITHub

Alternate Tools

  1. Onodo (Star Wars above in Onodo)
  2. Polinode
  3. Cytoscape
  4. Pajek
  5. NodeXL
  6. Netminer
  7. Social Networks Visualiser
  8. sigma.js
  9. Loxaweb