Using Onodo to Learn Network Analysis and Visualisation

During our seminar on Network Analysis and Visualisation in DH6010/6019 this past semester as a group we enjoyed a case study involving network analysis of the Star Wars characters presented by Evelina Gabasova ( She does a superb job of combining analysis, explaining her methodology, deriving some fascinating deductions – all with a fun cinematically familiar network. The familiarity combined with Gabasova’s well crafted blog posts really helped everyone grasp the basic precepts of graph theory and set up hands-on network visualisation instruction using Gephi.
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One of the challenges in approaching and using Gephi ( is that it has so much flexibility, power and such powerful capabilities that is can be off-putting for new users. The interface is not immediately intuitive and even with many of its panels minimised it tends to scare people off. It takes time and a deeper understanding of graph theory to appreciate its benefits and to be able to use it effectively – especially for analysis.

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Using Trello for Team Process Management

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Just delivered a short  workshop providing an overview of how to conceptualise and implement the commercial software platform Trello into a collaborative academic workflow. Trello offers an intuitive and scalable means to provide a shared workspace tracking tasks, users assigned and dates due to help facilitate shared management of complex processes. It offers transparency without intrusion […]

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Looking Back and Counting Forward


So what about these hexagons? IS this the new digital Giant’s Causeway? They were all the rage during the UK General Election last year – to the extent that the BBC actually constructed a physical jigsaw in their atrium out of them. At the time I mused on there usefulness for providing a pseudo-spatial representation of […]

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Google, Alphabet and Digital Scholarship


The last workshop of the season concluded the Digital Humanities Initiative at Queen’s sponsored by Special Collections in the Library. Today’s topic: Google Tools for Digital Scholarship – brought me to reflect on a few of the more salient aspects of the fluidity of data and tools in the digital age. I began delivering this […]

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Reflecting on the Breadth of DH Development at Queen’s

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I was asked to ponder what the Digital Humanities initiative at Queen’s had accomplished over the past two years. I think it’s a great idea to reflect occasionally on where we have come from so as to have a better sense of where we are going; who we are serving, inspiring and empowering and how we might […]

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Following Up with CartoDB

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We had great turnout for Monday’s workshop ‘Putting Your Data on the Map’ where we explored a variety of factors to consider when undertaking Geospatial Visualisation. The two part workshop offered some theoretical grounding as well as a semi-hands-on session with a couple tools: UMap and CartoDB.

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Using Social Media to Achieve Research Impact

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I was asked, as part of the Queen’s Gender Initiative (QGI),  to share a few ideas around why it has become so important for academics to engage with social media to achieve research impact. I focus on three actions : promotion, connection, and collaboration as a means to find personal academic research success. Ultimately, social media offers […]

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Spring Digital Workshops in the Humanities


DigitalHumanities@TheLibrary and the Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities invite you to enjoy and benefit for a series of interactive workshops and seminars specifically targeted at humanities and social science scholars curious and eager to accelerate their research practise. They are developed and delivered in a concise and focussed manner to compress valuable information into a convenient period and get […]

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Irish Health Centres

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The HSE posted two new datasets to Open Data Ireland and I wanted to determine how quickly and effectively these might be visualised. In this case I used CartoDB and created a hexagonal data map. Interesting. A few immediate findings. Why Hexagons? … It all goes back to the most recent UK general election – […]

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Network Analysis and Visualisation in the Humanities

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Increasingly digital scholarship is expanding to look not just at discrete objects but to better understand the relationships between persons, places and things. A popular way of discovering patters and deriving new knowledge about these relationships involved visual appreciation of the relationship between data and objects and ultimately the real world phenomenon that they proxy […]

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