Hand-drawn Network Maps as a Means of Eliciting Data on Digitally Mediated Social Ties

  • 31 Oct 2017

    17:00-18:30, Butler Room, Nuffield College

  • Nuffield Social Networks Seminar   Add to Calendar
Speaker: Cornelia Reyes-Acosta

Lecturer in Digital Methods at Kings College London

This event is part of the Network Seminar Series.

The emergence of online social networking platforms established a new way of publicly identifying ourselves as being tied to others. However, obtaining convincing data on how individuals conceptualise the quality of these digitally mediated social relations is challenging.

I discuss the advantages of using hand-drawn network maps for eliciting data on digitally mediated ties and compare these charts to classic approaches to data elicitation used by social network analysts (e.g. the name generator technique). I show how hand-drawn network maps provide respondents with a more tangible resource with which to recall data on their digital ties and interpret their affordances. 

The Nuffield Social Network Seminars are convened by Cohen R. Simpson & Laurin B. Weissinger. For further information, please email