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Publication . Article . 2016

A Social Network Analysis of Twitter: Mapping the Digital Humanities Community

Martin Grandjean;
Open Access
Published: 01 Jan 2016

International audience; Defining digital humanities might be an endless debate if we stick to the discussion about the boundaries of this concept as an academic “discipline”. In an attempt to concretely identify this field and its actors, this paper shows that it is possible to analyse them through Twitter, a social media widely used by this “community of practice”. Based on a network analysis of 2,500 users identified as members of this movement, the visualisation of the “who’s following who?” graph allows us to highlight the structure of the network’s relationships, and identify users whose position is particular. Specifically, we show that linguistic groups are key factors to explain clustering within a network whose characteristics look similar to a small world.

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Library of Congress Subject Headings: lcsh:Fine Arts lcsh:N lcsh:Arts in general lcsh:NX1-820 lcsh:General Works lcsh:A lcsh:History of scholarship and learning. The humanities lcsh:AZ20-999

Microsoft Academic Graph classification: Field (Bourdieu) Social network analysis Social media Data science Social network business.industry business Community of practice Sociology Multimedia computer.software_genre computer Network analysis Structure (mathematical logic) Social media optimization


Digital humanities; Social network analysis; Data visualisation; Social media; Twitter; Humanités numériques, digital humanities, social network analysis, twitter, digital studies, social media, data visualisation, sociometry, networks, Twitter social network, Twitter users’ behavior, Graph theory, Social media analysis, Social networks visualization, Data visualization, [INFO.INFO-SI]Computer Science [cs]/Social and Information Networks [cs.SI], [INFO.INFO-CC]Computer Science [cs]/Computational Complexity [cs.CC], [SHS.STAT]Humanities and Social Sciences/Methods and statistics, [SHS.SOCIO]Humanities and Social Sciences/Sociology, [SHS.HISPHILSO]Humanities and Social Sciences/History, Philosophy and Sociology of Sciences, General Arts and Humanities, [INFO.INFO-SI] Computer Science [cs]/Social and Information Networks [cs.SI], [INFO.INFO-CC] Computer Science [cs]/Computational Complexity [cs.CC], [SHS.STAT] Humanities and Social Sciences/Methods and statistics, [SHS.SOCIO] Humanities and Social Sciences/Sociology, [SHS.HISPHILSO] Humanities and Social Sciences/History, Philosophy and Sociology of Sciences

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