A colleague has been doing some great scoping around various tools out there for social network analysis as part of our work on the Innovations for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health project. As a result, a few of us have been playing with (and loving) three awesome open-source and free tools we’re exploring to help visualize various networks.
Option A: Gephi. Designs simple network analysis visualizations. Here’s a really cool video, showcasing some of the program’s features (http://vimeo.com/9726202). You can download the program from https://gephi.org/.
Option B: UCINET (https://sites.google.com/site/ucinetsoftware/home). It is most often used for more complicated analyses, whereas Gephi is limited to really nice basic visualization and a few typical network stats.
Option C: NodeXL. Often used by social media professionals who I know to map their reach or diffusion across different networks. Simple and easy to use.
Has anyone used these tools before and found any tips, tricks, or favorite features? Or have others to recommend?