VOSON Data Provider for Node XL version alpha released!

The Alpha version of the VOSON Data Provider for NodeXL is released. NodeXL is an Excel 2007 template for analysing social media network data. So we now provide two ways that you can use VOSON to analyse hyperlink networks: (1) via the VOSON System (which you log into using a web browser); (2) via NodeXL. The VOSON System is a specialist tool for hyperlink network construction and analysis. NodeXL allows access to various types of social media network data, e.g. Facebook, Twitter and hyperlink networks (via VOSON). This is a great example of how e-research technologies (web services, in particular) can enable access to distributed research resources (data and tools). So, a NodeXL user in the United States, for example, will be able to access VOSON network data services (which are hosted in Australia) all from within NodeXL (as long as they have a VOSON user account, and they are connected to the Internet). For more information on NodeXL, also see Marc Smith's Connected Action Consulting Group. Also look out for the NodeXL book to be released later this year.

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