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Building the Benson Collection: Analyzing Castañeda's Social Network

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Perry-Castañeda Library

101 E 21st Street

Austin, TX 78712

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Keeping track of individuals and their relationships in research can be difficult. In this workshop, we will introduce Gephi, an open-source network visualization and analysis tool that make this process more manageable.

Collectively, we will look at the correspondence of Dr. Carlos E. Castañeda (one of the Perry-Castañeda Library’s namesakes) with book dealers, donors, and collectors during his tenure as librarian (1927–1946) to visualize the sprawling social, political, and economic sphere that led to the creation of the Benson Latin American Collection. Participants will learn how to create data sets for network analysis, bring them into Gephi, and explore some of the platform’s powerful features.

No prior knowledge necessary. Students, faculty, and staff from any discipline are encouraged to attend.

Lunch will be served. Space is limited to 15 UT affiliates. Registration opens Wednesday, September 27, and closes Friday, October 20.

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