Preliminaries: Setting up Windows Explorer
In Explorer window, View tab, ‘Panes’ to Navigation Pane, check ‘Expand to open folder’. In the Layout panel choose the Details view and in the Show/Hide panel check ‘File name extensions’. These settings allow you to track your folders and files and know what programs they are associated with (Notepad = .txt; Excel = .xlsx; UCINET = ##h and ##d).
When working in UCINET we access and use folders and files through these details.
Folder and File management protocols in UCINET
I am a folder nazi! I want us all to work as follows:
When you have an Excel spreadsheet of data you have collected (or collated) create a folder with the name of that data and store the Excel document in there. We will create the UCINET system files alongside this spreadsheet.
Whenever you start a UCINET analytic procedure (for that data) create a new subfolder with the name of the PROCEDURE. Then make this UCINET’s default folder. That way UCINET drops the output into that folder and you can always retrieve it. The input file is one level up.
In UCINET use File ->Create New Folder and hit OK. You then need to close and reopen the parent file in the Navigation window for it to appear. Double-click the created folder to select it as the default folder.
You can also use the Windows inbuilt ‘New Folder’ button on the dialog box upper panel. You still need to reset UCINET to it.
To access the contents of a folder use the Display (the D icon). I reset the filter to All *.*.
All the folders and the UCINET system files, either ##h or ##d, will open with a normal double-click. All other operations require you to use the right-click menu. (You can only delete files one at a time, so you have to do two deletes to get rid of a UCINET dataset.)
The two UCINET system files simply satisfy computational needs. They are NOT different kinds of data. The header file ##h contains the computational meta information (including labels and so on) but the ##d file contains only raw numbers. A full UCINET dataset requires separate files for Tie data (which it labels ‘–Net’), and Node data (which labels ‘-Att’, for Attribute) and thus has four system files in total!
To create or access files for other programs, Notepad, Excel, Word, you can use the Windows Right-click menu in this UCINET window. Right-click ->New lets you create a document. If the document exists already, select it them use right-click ->Open.
Repeat the pre-class taster stuff.