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Table 3 Elements used to visualise the personal networks on paper sheets

From: Personal networks: a tool for gaining insight into the transmission of knowledge about food and medicinal plants among Tyrolean (Austrian) migrants in Australia, Brazil and Peru


Visualisation on paper

Ego (respondent)

Round yellow card in the centre of an A0 paper sheet

Alter (type of knowledge source)

Person: round yellow card

Audiovisual: orange rectangular card

Print media: brown rectangular card

Institutions and organisations: red rectangular card

Amount of knowledge

Size of alters’ card in cm (Ø 4 = not much, Ø 5 = some, Ø 6 = much, Ø 7 = very much) to represent different amounts of knowledge

Relationship ties

Expressed through the distance from the ego card to all alters’ cards allocated by ego

Contact frequency (ego to alters)

Three lines (≡): often

Two lines (=): occasionally

One line (-): rarely

One line (- red colour): no contact († dead)