Digital Humanities

What are Data Visualization and Social Network Analysis?

  • Data visualization involves transforming your data from text into a visual representation. In so doing, you can visualize relationships and patterns that would otherwise not be easily accomplished by a human being.
  • Social network analysis' (SNA) goal is to understand society and its structures by importing data (usually from social media platforms) into a visualization software. Social structures are interpreted by analysis nodes (people or groups of people) and their relationships with other nodes manifested by links.


"Gephi is an open-source software for visualizing and analysing large networks graphs".

Gephi. (n.d.). Learn. Retrieved from

Shaw, Alan, Strategic Planet (2021, Aug. 31). The fundamentals of GEPHI [Video file]. Retrieved from