SocSciBotSocSciBot Installation Instructions

Before installing, please check that you agree with the terms and conditions.

This software only runs under Microsoft Windows, sorry

SocSciBot 4.1

Web crawling, hyperlink analysis, network diagrams, some text analysis.

Complete the information below to download the April 2016 version of SocSciBot 4.1.

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If you use SocSciBot in a paper then please consider citing the following as a reference for using the program: Thelwall, M. (2009). Introduction to Webometrics: Quantitative Web Research for the Social Sciences. San Rafael, CA: Morgan & Claypool.

If SocSciBot 4 does not start, then you may need to install the "dot net framework" and then try again. For this, download and install Microsoft .NET Framework Version 4.

It is not known if SocSciBot 4 runs via mono on Macs or Linux - please let me know if it does.

See the SocSciBot4 blog for more information and to report bugs.

SocSciBot 3 (very old version)

This is not as powerful or easy to use as SocSciBot 4 - please don't use this unless you are an existing user. If using a student network or office computer and do not have permission to install software then try option 1, otherwise option 2 is a standard installation procedure.

There may be installation problems for SocSciBot 3 with Windows Vista - the Vista solution is here - thanks to Julian Hopkins.

SocSciBotOption 1: Quick install. Right-click on the following file and save to a new folder on your computer (Feb. 2007 version, contains SocSciBot, SocSciBot Tools and Cyclist, plus helper files that need to stay in the same folder as the three programs). When the file has been downloaded, unzip the file. The you should be able to just click on the unzipped program to run it. If it gives you an error message, then you may need to use the full install option 2 below. You must run the programs by locating them with Windows Explorer and then double-clicking on them. On some computers this will not work and you will have to use option 2 instead.

SocSciBotOption 2: Full install. You must have permission to install programs on your computer to do this. Note that this process needs three separate installations and one extra task to be complete.

  1. Download the main SocSciBot installation file and save it anywhere on your computer (Feb. 2007 version). Unzip the file and then click on the setup program and follow the instructions.
  2. Download the SocSciBot Tools installation file and save it anywhere on your computer. Unzip the file and then click on the setup program and follow the instructions.
  3. Download the Cyclist installation file and save it anywhere on your computer. Unzip the file and then click on the setup program and follow the instructions.
  4. If the programs are being installed by a technician/administrator then it is important that SocSciBot is run first, immediately after installation, so that SocSciBot can record the location that you want for your data files. This should be in your personal user space.
  5. You are now ready to go! The three programs SocSciBot, SocSciBot Tools and Cyclist can be accessed via your computer's start menu.

See the SocSciBot3 blog for more release information and to report bugs.