How social network analysis can support research and visualizationNetzwerk Recherche Jahrestagung 2016

Journalists love social network analysis. They aim to discover relationships in complex organizations, they want to reveal secret connections or show the flow of money in criminal networks. But analyzing such networks comes with a few traps. The math is complex, the legal situation is as well. And without some general knowledge of the field, journalists might easily find relations in networks that aren’t there in reality.

In this session, journalists talk about their experiences with social network analyses. They want to share results and mistakes so others can learn from them and hear about the most important steps when working with social network analysis. One example for this session is the project „Akte NSU“ that brought together journalists from local German publications to share their knowledge of the right-wing NSU terrorists and visualize networks of NSU-supporters.