Gephi has now its own book store!
It’s a great place for those who want to discover the key theories beyond networks. It has also an “Information Visualization” and “Programming” section for those who want to master the subject and join the Gephi team. All these books give valuable information for understanding what is guiding the people who are developing Gephi and how concepts were put in practice.
The Network Science section refers to the science beyond networks. It describes where networks are in nature, society or organizations and helps understand their properties and patterns. Newcomers can starts with Linked by Albert-Laslo Barabasi, the major reference, from 2001. You can also directly jump to Bursts, Barabasi’s new book released few days ago.
Social network theory views a network as actors who are connected by a set of relationships and is referenced as Social Network Analysis (SNA). As people increasingly use social networking websites (e.g. Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn etc.), Social Network Analysis brings tools to study patterns of communication and communities. Social Network Analysis by Wasserman & Faust is a major reference.
Data Visualization and Human Computer interaction (HCI) are at the base of Gephi. Learn about how visualization and interaction enhance understanding and knowledge discovery of complex data. Information Visualization or Visual Analytics make reference to this domain as well.
One can easily find the roots of the Visual Analytics in the book Readings in Information Visualization: Using Vision to Think by Stuart Card, Jock Mackinlayis and Ben Shneiderman. Exploratory Data Analysis started with John Tukey, and has recently been extended by Andrienko.
The last stone is added with the knowledge of efficient programming, in particular how to design a modular software based on services with Practical API Design: Confessions of a Java Framework Architect. And as the human factor is central, take a look at The Mythical Man-Month: Essays on Software Engineering. Mathieu is a great fan 😉