[Network analysis] Mapping the Digital Humanities Community on Twitter

ABSTRACT

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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BONUS: ALL THE NAMES

At the time of the two blog posts that preceded this article (in 2014 with 800 users and in 2015 with 1400 users), I was asked many times to publish the complete graph with all the names. Here it is:

Complete graph

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