458RE: [ona-prac] Re: Link Analysis versus Social Network Analysis
- Nov 11, 2007Perhaps I'm just being cynical, but some usage of the "link analysis" term stems apparently from the unfortunate privacy associations that are made when someone in government says "data mining." If I'm right, it's only a matter of time before "link analysis" becomes tainted as well.
From: firstname.lastname@example.org on behalf of Patti Anklam
Sent: Sun 11/11/2007 6:04 PM
Subject: RE: [ona-prac] Re: Link Analysis versus Social Network Analysis
I don't think I knew that Gerry story, but I like it. We named this group ONA-PRAC so that we could distinguish ourselves from the greater world of social network analysis - which does deal with epidemiology and other sociological applications. When I make this distinction in presentations, I emphasize that ONA is a subset of the larger practice of social network analysis - we want to look at people in organizations (mostly business organizations). The tools and the methods are essentially the same, but as Valdis says, the word "social" carries a lot of connotations so ONA sometimes works better.
From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of Valdis Krebs
Sent: Sunday, November 11, 2007 5:13 PM
Subject: Re: [ona-prac] Re: Link Analysis versus Social Network Analysis
As I think I posted here last year, or maybe Patti did, ONA was
created by Gerry Falkowski, when his IBM clients [both internal and
external, squirmed at the word "social" -- "we're business people,
what does that have to do with social?" was one of the infamous
quotes. So he changed the wording -- and nothing else -- and started
lining up ONA clients left and right. This was back in the mid
1990s. I remember the conversation when he told me... pretty funny.
When I took grad courses @ Mich State from the Comm Dept in network
analysis -- it was called just that -- "network analysis", once in a
while you heard "communication network analysis". But plain network
analysis soon got associated with computer networks, so people
started adding a descriptor up front.
On Nov 11, 2007, at 3:44 PM, philrjones wrote:
> For that matter what makes SNA and / or ONA distinctive from Network
> Analysis? Is it purely to do with the goal of the analysis - insight
> into social systems and organisations, or are there more fundamental
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