Networks with Palladio

Palladio is a tool used to visualize networks. Networks are an important subject matter for the humanities, as humanities scholars ask many questions about relationships and correlations. Using digital tools, such as Palladio, visualizing networks, relationships, and correlations has never been easier.

You start by importing your data. Palladio then allows you to easily link your data to create relationships. We continued to use the data from the ex-slave interviews for this tool.

You then can create a graph. In order to make the graph, you need to pick which two facets of your data you’d like to show the relationship between. For example, we used the aspects “topic” and “state where enslaved”, or “age” and “topic”, or “interviewer” and “topic.” Of course, the options are almost endless!

Here’s an example of one graph, where I chose Male/female aspect and topic of interview to correlate:


You can also manipulate the graph however you want. Each of the orbs can be dragged into a desired position.

This is a useful tool for studying networks. From the many readings on network visualizations we read before working with Palladio, it seems that other network visualization tools are more difficult to use. In order to use Palladio, you do need a guide on how to start if you are new to this sort of program. It is not the most clear site, but with a guide, it would be fairly simple to make your own network graphs.

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