I was wondering if anybody could point me in the right direction of how to map connections between student blogs for a research project.

I want to track comments that happen between student blogs in my class and see some sort of 3D representation over time, including number of connections in a day, week or month, how many times between certain bloggers etc.. I'm not sure how easy it would be to automate this process, but I am willing to manually input the data (with my students help) and need to find some type of software or app to make this happen. If it looks like gapminder all the better.

I want to track the connections between the blogs and then use another set of criteria to look at the content of the blogs themselves.

Any pointers would be much appreciated.


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I attended a really cool seminar at Stanford back in may titled "Social Network Analysis: New Tools, Data & Questions". There were maybe six presenters there and at least three of them were using a tool called NodeXL. I don't know if this tool will do any of the data harvesting, but it will likely be sufficient for the analysis and visualization.
Thanks Chris, NodeXL looks like it might be able to do what I need.



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