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What is the name of the tool?
| Tool Class
To what "family" does the tool belong? Pick as many categories as are appropriate. EG: Data Collection, Security, etc. The wiki will automatically create a link to the relevant tool class.
|Network Mapping, Data Visualization|
Who made the tool? Sometimes the tool name and the developer name are the same, and sometimes, they are different.
|Centre for Innovation, Leiden University|
| Date Created
What was the date when the tool was first launched?
| Still Maintained?
Do the developers of the tool continue to work on it, adding features and fixing problems?
| Open Source?
Is the tool's source code original source code freely available and may it be redistributed and modified? (This makes it possible for users to employ the tool for free, with some technical effort.)
Pick the platforms on which the user would primarily use the tool. Be as selective as possible. If a tool works mainly in the browser, select "Web". If the user can technically load the interface on a smartphone but have a very poor experience, do not select "Android" or "iOS". "Mac" and "PC" are for apps that must be installed to a machine in order to run, as opposed to running from a browser.
What is the main website where a user can learn more about the tool? (Remember to include "http://)."
| Payment Structure
How, if at all, does a user pay to use the tool. Select all that apply: "Free" if there are components of a service that can be used for free; "Paid" if payment is required (either one-time, or at a given rate upon use) for use of the tool's full functionality; "subscription" if a monthly payment is required.
| Languages Supported
What languages does the app's interface support? Note: some apps allow users to communicate in other languages but require the user to use an English language interface. In this case, the app is considered only to support "English".
| Skill Level Needed
Lynks is a Network Mapping tool that allows the user to create and share network maps of people and concepts.
Lynks allows the user to create a network map from a pre-existing LinkedIn (.csv), Lynks (.xlsx), or Gephi (.gexf) formatted dataset, or to develop a network map from scratch. Multiple users can collaborate on a network map at the same time. After a visualization is complete, it can be shared online or embedded within a website.
What Makes This Tool Different from Others in its Class?
Lynks is similar to Gephi or NodeXL in that it visualizes networks, but the tool places a greater focus on building a visualization from scratch and less focus on visualizing the network in various ways. Unlike Gephi and NodeXL, Lynks is web based and collaborative. Kumu is likewise web-based, and also has real time collaboration features. Lynks has been used at workshops to rapidly illustrate the linkages between concepts discussed, but would likely be less useful for visualizing large networks.