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Community Analysis and Visualization

Online Neighborhood Watch

Online Neighborhood Watch

Participants

  • Ben Shneiderman, (Co-PI) - Professor, Computer Science, Researcher (and Founding Director) at HCIL
  • Alan Neustadtl, (Co-PI) - Associate Professor at the Sociology Department, University of Maryland
  • Catherine Plaisant, (Co-PI) - Research Scientist, UMIACS, Associate Director of Research at HCIL
  • Art Hanson, Executive Director of Nation of Neighbors

  • Jae-wook Ahn, NSF CRA Fellow, HCIL
  • Jeehye (Jessie) Kang, Graduate Student at the Sociology Department, University of Maryland
  • PJ Rey, Graduate Student at the Sociology Department, University of Maryland
  • Awalin Sopan, Graduate Student at the Computer Science Department, University of Maryland
  • Meirav Taieb-Maimon, Visiting Professor from the Department of Information Systems Engineering, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
  • Nick Violi, Graduate Student at the Computer Science Department, University of Maryland

Project Description

Nation of Neighbors is Neighborhood Watch for the 21st century. It facilitates real-time collaboration within communities and between community members and Law Enforcement. Their mission is to enable Citizens and Law Enforcement to work together to fight and deter crime and improve our communities.

This project is a multi-disciplinary collaboration between Computer Science, HCIL, and Sociology at the University of Maryland. The goal is to design and develop visualization and analytic tools to facilitate the study of social networks. We also hope to increase Nation of Neighbors' effectiveness in facilitating community engagement and reducing crime.


Publications

  • Kang, J. and Neustadtl, A., Social Life in an Online Neighborhood: Conversational Network Analysis of Nation of Neighbors, Proc. of the Eastern Sociological Society,” 2012 Annual Meeting (see also the related masters thesis paper)
  • Rey, P.J., The Influence of Leadership on Activity Levels in an Online Crime Watch Community. American Sociological Association Annual Meeting. Denver, CO. 20 August 2012

Under Review as of Dec 2012

  • P.J. Rey, Awalin Sopan, Catherine Plaisant, Ben Shneiderman, Alan Neustadtl The Influence of Leadership on Activity Levels in an Online Crime Watch Community (Dec. 2012)

 

Honor

Visualization tools

This project contributed to the development and/or evaluation of the following tools

 

Sponsorship

This material is based upon work supported in part by the National Science Foundation, grant # IIS - 0968521 "Supporting A Nation of Neighbors with Community Analysis Visualization Environment". Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.


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