Rik Van Bruggen shows us how to take our LinkedIn network information from their InMap, and put it in to Neo4j


Ever since I have been working for Neo, we have been trying to give our audience as many powerful examples of places where graph databases could really shine. And one of the obvious places has always been: social networks. That’s why I’ve written a post about facebook, and why many other graphistas have been looking at facebook and others to explain what could be done.

But while Facebook is probably the best-known social network, the one I use professionally the most is: LinkedIn. Some call it the creepiest network, but the fact of the matter is that professional network is, and has always been, a very useful way to get and stay in contact with other people from other organisations. And guess what: they do some fantastic stuff with their own, custom-developed graphs. One of these things is InMaps – a fantastic visualisation and colour coded analysis of your professional network. That’s where this blogpost got its inspiration from.




An interactive InMap
The thing is: the InMap above is a “static” picture of your network. You can’t really *do* anything with it. You can’t browse through it. You can’t query it. So there began my quest for a way to get the data out of the InMap, and into Neo4j. Something that I expected to take days or weeks – but from the first google search to publishing this post was literally just 2-3 hours of work. It’s dead easy.

Well I should qualify that. You of course have to have somepleace to start – a place that can help you get the data from LinkedIn, into a format that I could work with to import into neo4j. So after 5 minutes of googling, I came across this Dataiku blog post by Thomas Cabrol that had written a couple of simple python scripts to get me going.

Step 1: access linkedin API
Thomas’ scripts run against the LinkedIn developer API. This API requires you to authenticate, and therefore you actually need to register an application (in this case: the python scripts) in your configuration. Easy to do: just go to LinkedIn’s developer site and just register an app.
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