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6 Weeks Course on Networks Visual Exploration

(1) Network Data Prepration (2) Extra Session on Network Data Prepration (3) Data Shaping Techniques and Challenges (4) Exploring with Node-link Diagrams (5) Exploring with Adjacency Matrix (6) Exploring with Timeline, Map, and Coordinated View

In this page you can find material related to our course on Visual Exploration of Networks. For full details about the course, please visit the course’s info page.

Course Goals

  1. Structure your network data and prepare it for visualization with the Vistorian.
  2. Define goals of your exploration and what you aim to learn about your network data using visualizations.
  3. Know a range of network visualizations, through theory and hands-on use.
  4. Use different types of interactive visualizations to explore your data.

Part (1): Network Data Prepration

In this part we introduce data prepration for network creation. This includes what considerations and decisions you need to take while preparing your network’s data.

Session 1 Network Data Prepration


In the first session we introduce the following concepts:

Click here for week (1) session’s slides.

Session 2 Extra Session on Network Data Prepration


In the second session we emphasize more how to prepare your network data through more examples. The session’s outline is as following:

Click here for week (2) session’s slides.

Session 3 Data Shaping Techniques and Challenges


In the third session we discuss how specify and decide on additional attributes such as link weight. Also, we discuss how can you take other decisions while preparing your data on other aspects based on your research goal and dataset context. This session’s outline is:

Click here for week (3) session’s slides.

Part (2): Visual Network Exploration

In this part we start disucssing how to explore your network visually through different network visualizations. This includes how to understand visual encodings, explore patterns, and other stratigies in visual exploration (e.g. temporal exploration).


In the fourth session we introduce Network Visual Exploration as a concept. Then we start describing how can we visually explore networks using node-link diagrams, what to consider when exploring them and what kind of questions to ask while exploring such diagrams. This session’s outline is as following:

Click here for week (4) session’s slides.

Session 5 Exploring with Adjacency Matrix


In the fifth session we introduce how to explore network data using adjacency matrix. This includes how they are created, how to read their visual encodings and what kind of patterns an analyst can find and how to interpret. The outline of this session is as following:

Click here for week (5) session’s slides.

Session 6 Exploring with Timeline, Map, and Coordinated View


In the sixth sessions we cover two additional visualizations (Timeline and Map) in addition to the coordinated view. The outline of this session is as following:

Click here for week (6) session’s slides.

P.S. For any additional inquiries about the material, please don’t hesitate to contact us.