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The committee structure of the European Parliament visualised

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There are many ways to study the European Parliament. Votewatch.eu analyses roll call votes. Integritywatch.eu looks into side activities and side incomes of Members of the European Parliament (MEPs). And political scientists study the European Parliament’s gender balance and many other topics that are of interest to wider or more limited audiences. Anybody who spends time researching, lobbying or […]

In The Matrix: The film at the origins of a doctoral thesis on EU networks

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About a month ago, I have submitted my doctoral thesis on EU networks and information flows. Tracing back the origins of this thesis could be looking into the past eight years of my life, having lived in five different countries in those years, the life in each of which has shaped the thesis in one […]

The structure of EU politics: Story-telling about European Parliament committees

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Trying to make sense of EU politics is quite difficult. Good story-telling is almost impossible because too many people are involved in too many issues. Convincing analysis is hard because the amount of time you have to invest in research is often not proportionate to the amount of insight you get. Yet, we have to […]

Facenuke or: A failed social network visualisation by Greenpeace

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The image above (click on the image for full size or go here to explore the network) is a network visualisation of the energy sector in France. Or so at least claims Greenpeace France. It looks nice, it looks plausible but methodological it is poorly done and therefore creates the impression of a network where […]

Social network analysis: Core elites & peripheral monkeys

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The great thing of working with social network analysis is that is a truly inter- and transdisciplinary theoretical and methodological approach. Network analysts come from such diverse backgrounds as sociology, physics, psychology, biology or, as in my case, political science (and more). This interdisciplinary approach can sometimes lead to quite funny moments when all these […]

Making use of #opendata: EP Intergroups and the network of UK MEPs [2x updated]

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Two weeks ago, I have blogged about European Parliament intergroups – 28 groups on various subjects which EP members can join to support a cause or to focus on special issues. As the data is not easily accessible and usable, I have produce an open data set with a list of all EP intergroups and […]

Open data activism, political science and network visualisation of EU expert groups

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[…] Having access to open data makes part of our life much easier, but for now, getting open data that is interesting for our research still seems to be as much activism as it is part of research. Take, for example, the image below. What you see there is an image of a network of 84 EU Commission expert groups and subgroups (a link means a minimum of 3 joint members)*. […]

Google+ and 155 years of social network analysis

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In 1856, the Norwegian ethnologist Eilert Sundt described the rural social structures of Norwegian peasants (and their farms) called “bedelags” (Google translates this as “prayer teams”). These “bedelags” became visible at certain social events (like funerals) when people from different farms came together. Sundt noted that, if visualised, the rural social network would look like a […]

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