A Workbench for Visual Design of Executable and Re-usable Network Analysis Workflows

  • Tilman GöhnertEmail author
  • Andreas Harrer
  • Tobias Hecking
  • H. Ulrich Hoppe
Part of the Lecture Notes in Social Networks book series (LNSN)


In this paper we introduce the concept of a web-based analytics workbench to support researchers of social networks in their analytic processes. Making explicit these processes allows for sound design, re-use, and automated execution using an authoring system for visual representations of these analytic workflows. The workbench is implemented according to a flexible technical framework in which external and newly-defined analytic components can be integrated and used in conjunction with other analytic components. As a showcase we discuss the integration of a complex analytic process using multi-relational blockmodeling on a well-known reference data set.


SNA research tool Analysis workflows Multi-relational blockmodeling 



The development of the Analytics Workbench presented in this paper was partially conducted in the context of SISOB [24], which is funded by the European Community under the Science in Society (SIS) theme of the 7th Framework Programme for R&D (Grant agreement 266588). This document does not represent the opinion of the European Community, and the European Community is not responsible for any use that might be made of its content. We want to thank Alona Schmidt for allowing us to use her original implementation of the multi-relational blockmodeling approach.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tilman Göhnert
    • 1
    Email author
  • Andreas Harrer
    • 2
  • Tobias Hecking
    • 1
  • H. Ulrich Hoppe
    • 1
  1. 1.University Duisburg-EssenDuisburgGermany
  2. 2.Clausthal Technical UniversityClausthal-ZellerfeldGermany

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