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More great news!We have been scouted by our alma mater’s very own blog: KU Leuven blogt!Our ‘SNA for Dummies post’ is frontpage news there! Or is it just too vain to write a post about a repost of an original post…?Meh, whatever. Final post on SNA software is coming soon, véry soon!

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CfP: Historical Network Research Conference 2014

Okay! Hold on te yer hats! We gonna do some serious advertising here! This year, the second Historical Network Research Conference will be held in Gent (September 15-19). Yup, that’s right, in our own brave little Belgium! What’s more: we are going te be there! Uh huh, slap on some sunscreen (better make that LOADS) and get ready to bask in our magnificent glow. Can’t get any better than that, you say? Well you better hold on to yer pants then, ’cause it actually does! Alright, here it comes. Or wait, maybe you should sit down for this one. Ok, got a pillow next to you in case you faint? Great! Because this is your one (who knows, perhaps not only) chance to get up close and personal with the DataNinjas during one of the pre-conference workshops we’re assisting! It obviously deals with the most important step in network analysis: preparing your data. Because, if you get that wrong, well, you’re screwed basically. Places are limited, so sign up as soon as possible, we’re expecting a major stampede here. Oh, and can you perhaps sign up for one of the other workshops as well? You know, so we don’t, like, embarrass the organizers? I mean, it’s not all about us after all. We’ll be doing an autograph and photo session of course, but come on guys, you gotta give the others a chance. There’s plenty of time to hang out with us during the breaks!Paper and poster sessions are scheduled…

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Prosop: a social networking tool for the past

Call for participants for the second Prosop database development workshop in Tallahassee (FL) on May 9. What is Prosop? Prosop is a collaborative semantic web database of details about individuals in the past. Although it maps networks and discovers connections, it is not just facebook for dead people. In particular, it aims to:manage diverse types of data from different historical settings,aggregate of large quantities of person data,accommodate uncertain and conflicting information, andfacilitate data-driven study of historical systems of description and classification.  What kinds of data do we seek? We’re looking for information about relatively large sets of relatively ordinary people from the past. Typically, this information is extracted from archival records used by microhistorians. For example, the database contains the name, age, address, and physical description of 700 criminal court defendants from 1880s Egypt. Prosop is meant to work for all kinds of historical person data, and we are especially interested in data in unusual formats (linguistic, topical, or otherwise) that will help us to develop the flexibility of the system. Also, we are looking for participants who are willing to share their data with the community of researchers using Prosop. It’s in Florida, peeps, don’t hesitate. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is just a 3h 39min drive away. The new section with Diagon Ally, King’s Cross station and so much more won’t be open by then yet, but I could spend a whole day riding just The Forbidden Journey in the castle anyway, it’s just SO TOTALLY AWESOME!!…

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Feeling thirsty??

Since we’re from Belgium, and Belgium’s all about beer, we have to share this: a visual beer recommendation system! If you go to http://seekshreyas.com/beerviz/ you can select the type of beer you prefer (light, medium or dark), and then you get this cool visualization of all the different beers you might like, based on taste and aroma and a bunch of other stuff.  

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CFP: First European Conference on Social Networks

Alright! After a refreshingly humid Sunbelt XXXIV two weeks ago in Florida, the first European leg of this tour has been announced! The first ever European Conference for Social Networks will take place in Barcelona from July 1-4 at the Faculty of Arts at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. The call for papers and posters is now open and abstracts can be submitted until April 1 and…historical network research is listed as one of the organized sessions! Put your hands up! Guess who signed up already?? Conference highlights:– wide range of workshops, including an intro to SNA (in general), R (intro + R for ego networks) and Pajek (for two-mode networks)– keynote speaker U. Brandes of the University of Konstanz, enlightening us about The Positional Turn in Social Network Analysis– summertime in Barcelona– hospitality suites from 10 PM to midnight– and of course the historical network research session! Be there or be ☐!

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