Social Capital Companion: Capturing Personal Networks as They are Lived

TitleSocial Capital Companion: Capturing Personal Networks as They are Lived
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsLerner, J, Lubbers, MJ, Molina, JL, Brandes, U
Conference NameANSNA 2013
Date Published01/2014
PublisherGrup de Recerca en Antropologia Fonamental i Orientada (GRAFO), UAB
Conference LocationZurich, Swizterland
Keywordspersonal networks, Social Capital.

Personal networks are complex variables characterizing the social resources and constraints of individuals and can be used to explain outcome such as behaviour, health, or job performance. Collecting qualitatively rich personal network data, however, is costly and difficulties increase if longitudinal data is needed. In this paper we identify requirements that collected personal network data should satisfy to be suitable for longitudinal analysis. Likewise we identify requirements on the tools for collecting personal networks and study which of these are satisfied by current data collection tools. We present design aspects and a prototypical implementation of a smartphone app (dubbed the Social Capital Companion) allowing users to keep a personal network diary on their own mobile devices over potentially long periods of time.

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