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    Joost Burgers
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    Hi All,

    I am working on a side project for my dissertation in which I want to analyze the geographic transmission of certain Modernist authors. Basically, input names, dates, and locations from various correspondences and then map out which European and American cities are most represented. This is a bare-bones version of the Stanford Republic of Letters project: http://toolingup.stanford.edu/rplviz/
    I was wondering if anyone out there had any experience with this type of software and could make recommendations.

    Cheers,

    Joost

    #20927

    Hi Joost,

    I just saw Dan Edelstein present on “The Republic of Letters” at the MLA Convention. It’s a great project and one well worth building on.

    Here are a few programs that might be of interest:

    NodeXL ( http://nodexl.codeplex.com/ )
    Gephi ( http://gephi.org/ )
    ORA ( http://www.casos.cs.cmu.edu/projects/ora/ )

    You might also look at the following posts from recent GC grad Jeff Drouin, who has been experimenting with social-network analysis for his Ecclesiastical Proust Archive. Here are a few places to start:

    “Social Network Analysis of Magazine Culture” – http://magmods.wordpress.com/2010/10/21/social-network-analysis-of-magazine-culture/

    Ecclesiastical Proust Archive – http://www.proustarchive.org/

    You can also contact Jeff by email — I’m sure he’d be glad to help.

    Best,

    Matt

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