The field of social network research needs exemplars, both to help inform our own work and to provide guides to the reading public. The goal of the Journal of Social Structure (JoSS) visualization symposium is to provide a forum for such work. JoSS has consistently been at the forefront of exemplary visualization work, from our first article (Freeman 2000), we have published work dedicated to understanding how to best represent social networks with images.  The web-based format of JoSS has obvious advantages here, as we can include images in full color or with moving and interactive elements in ways that are simply impossible in the printed page.

In keeping with the on-line advantages of a web-based journal, we are making the visualization symposium interactive; so that we can engage an ongoing conversation about techniques and visualization practice, using the symposium submissions as exemplars. This is an experiment in interactive science, which we hope all will find informative and rewarding.

James W. Moody,
Editor, Journal of Social Structure (JoSS)
June 2010


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