Encyclopedia of Social Network Analysis and Mining

Living Edition
| Editors: Reda Alhajj, Jon Rokne

Social Network Analysis in an Age of Digital Information

  • Mariann Hardey
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-7163-9_403-1




An individual or organization that uses a commodity or service

Digital data

Digitally sourced and/or published statistics or items of information


Systematic inquiry or investigation

Social network

Facilitates communication, provided by a network of related linkages


The term “social network analysis” (SNA) provides an increasingly overarching research context for scholars, as well as policy makers, industry, commercial organizations, and the public sector. It refers not only to an integrated set of theoretical concepts and analytic methods but intends to explain a whole set of relationships and their variations as these are defined by “a specific set of linkages” and their “additional property” (Mitchell 1969, p. 2).


This chapter reports on the description and development of SNA in an age of digital information. The intention is to succinctly...


Social Network Social Relation Network Data Social Network Analysis Social Network Data 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Advanced Research in Computing (iARC)University of DurhamDurhamUK