Connections Volume 32, Issue 1
Official Journal of the International Network for Social Network Analysts
publishes original empirical, theoretical, and methodological articles, as well as critical reviews dealing with applications of social network analysis. The research spans many disciplines and domains including Anthropology, Physics, Sociology, Psychology, Communication, Economics, Mathematics, Organizational Behavior, Knowledge Management, Marketing, Social Psychology, Public Health, Medicine, Computer Science, and Policy. As the official journal for the International Network for Social Network Analysis, the emphasis of the publication is to reflect the ever-growing and continually expanding community of scholars using network analytic techniques. Connections also provides an outlet for sharing news about social network concepts and techniques and new tools for research.
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From the Editor Welcome to a new issue of Connections. With the aid of a reconstituted editorial board I have identified a number of target areas for articles. As you can see a number of stylistic changes have been made to make the journal more accessible and to enhance its signature. At the same time, all back issues are being scanned and uploaded so that a complete, open access, record of the journal will be available online. All this will improve the visibility of the association and the value of published articles to our members. My target is to produce two issues a year, and to provide a platform for articles that communicate innovation in the use of methodology and novel SNA applications. I am particularly keen on concise and theoretically embedded articles accessible to an interdisciplinary audience. In this issue we launch a section we call Data Exchange Network (DEN) jointly edited by Rich DeJordy and Pacey Foster. DEN solicits articles explaining data collection, aiming to scrutinize research operationalization. This will promote the wider distribution and use of datasets for teaching and research, but also provide examples of good practice in data collection. To thank our reviewers and authors and to facilitate discussion on the goals of the journal, Rebecca Davis organized for us a very well attended reception at the last Sunbelt. We received ideas and feedback on our plans from a good number of former editors and INSNA members. We look forward to a similar event at the Hamburg Sunbelt in 2013. Concluding, I would like to thank Tom Valente, the preceding editor, and the production team led by Kate Coronges, our Managing Editor, for their support and guidance. I look forward to your contributions in developing the journal. Dimitris Dimitris Christopoulos Editor, Connections dimitriscc.wordpress.com
Connections Contents How International Are International Congresses?
Network Topography, Key Players and Terrorist Networks
Christian Stegbauer and Alexander Rausch
Sean F Everton Poverty and Sociability in Brazilian Metropolises: Comparing poor people’s personal networks in São Paulo and Salvdor
Renata Mirandola Bichir and Eduardo Marques Assessing A Novel Approach To Identifying Optimal Threshold Levels For Cognitive Consensus Structures: Implications and general applications
Jarle Aarstad An Introduction to Personal Network Analysis and Tie Churn Statistics using E-NET
Dan Halgin and Steve Borgatti Date Exchange Network • Introduction to DEN: the Data Exchange Network
Rich DeJordy and Pacey Foster
• DEN: The “Camp ‘92” Dataset
Stephen P. Borgatti, H. Russell Bernard, Pertti Pelto, Gery Ryan, and Rich DeJordy
How International Are International Congresses?
Christian Stegbauer Goethe – Universit