I just want to leave a post about the research I’m working on right now. This current semester I am taking a course on Digital History and with the help of my professor Dr. Diane Cline, I am working on a social network analysis of the Salem Witch Trials. Social Network Analysis, SNA, looks at the relationships of individuals and graphs those connections for a visual representation of that data. By using NodeXL, I can create an image that represents the relationships. Here is an example:
Each dot represents one person and each line connecting a dot represents a relationship between the person. What I have graphed here is the relationships represented in the Arrest Warrant of Sarah Good and the Arrest Warrant of Sarah Osborne and Tituba, just two documents! I am very excited about this project and will be spending a lot of time working on it, and as college life allows me, I will include posts here- there are some posts being finalized for this month.
I am also working on a paper for a class on English history 1550-1750 and my topic is witchcraft in print culture, so in the future I will post a little more about that as start developing a thesis for it.
-Bernard Rosenthal, Records of the Salem Witch-hunt, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009.
-Smith, M., Milic-Frayling, N., Shneiderman, B., Mendes Rodrigues, E., Leskovec, J., Dunne, C., (2010). NodeXL: a free and open network overview, discovery and exploration add-in for Excel 2007/2010, http://nodexl.codeplex.com/ from the Social Media Research Foundation, http://www.smrfoundation.org