Lists

Adding a New List
How do I know if the list I want to add belongs in LittleSis?
Adding List Members in Bulk
Matching a List’s Related Donors
Removing a List


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Adding a New List
This tool is only available to advanced analysts.
  1. Click Add at the top of your screen and select List from the drop-down menu.
  2. Search for the list you want to add to see if it already exists, making sure to consider spelling and other possible names.
  3. Reference the source of the list you are adding.
  4. Enter the list name.
  5. Optionally add a description to explain the list to other users and indicate whether the list members should be ranked.
  6. Click Add to finish.
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How do I know if the list I want to add belongs in LittleSis?

Lists are people and organizations that belong on a page together because they share a common thread of power, but aren't part of a formal organization. Most new lists include a number of people or organizations who are already profiled in LittleSis. You might create a list in order to:
  • Bring useful lists compiled by the media or watchdog groups into LittleSis for further analysis.
  • Highlight potentially important relationships that don’t fit in the relationship categories, like the guest list of a high-powered event or the visitor’ log of a government official.
  • Organize a research project you’re working on in LittleSis.
Browse existing lists to get a better sense of what kinds of lists work in LittleSis. If you’re working on a research project with other analysts, it might help to create a research group where analysts can share findings and keep track of important lists, people, and organizations. Contact us to create a new research group.

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Adding List Members in Bulk
This tool is only available to advanced analysts.
  1. Search for the list (eg. Buffalo Bills) you want to add members to.
  2. Click its name in the search results.
  3. Click Add bulk in the list page header.
  4. Get your list of names saved on a spreadsheet in CSV-format arranged like the example on the page.
  5. Click Choose File to select your spreadsheet.
  6. Select a Default Type to indicate whether you are adding a list of people or organizations. You can’t bulk add a list containing both people and orgs.
  7. Reference the source of the list members you are adding.
  8. Click Begin to look at the list of names found in your spreadsheet.
  9. For each name, the Matches in LittleSis column shows existing profiles with a similar name to the person/org you’re adding.
  10. Click each name to open its profile in a new tab and verify if it’s a matching profile.
    • If there is a correct match, click the circle next to it. (eg. Ralph Wilson)
    • If no correct matches exist, click the circle next to Create new Person/Org and complete the form. (eg. Stevie Johnson)

    Finger To skip a name--don’t add them to LittleSis or add a relationship--click the circle under No Action.
  11. Add each person/org’s ranking in the last column if the list is ranked.
  12. Click Submit to finish.
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Matching a List’s Related Donors
This tool is only available to advanced analysts.
  1. Search for the list of people (eg. 100 Most Influential People in US Defense) for which you want to match donation data from OpenSecrets.
  2. Click its name in the search results.
  3. Click Match related donors in the Expert Tools section of the list page.
  4. The name at the top is the first person on the list you’ll be matching donation data for (eg. Dr. James R Schlesinger, Nixon’s Secretary of Defense).
  5. The person’s LittleSis profile summary are on the left hand side and a list of donor records from OpenSecrets with the same name are on the right hand side.
    Finger You can also see which analyst last reviewed this donation data and when. If the data has been updated in OpenSecrets since then, that date will appear highlighted in pink.
  6. Check all donor records that list the same employer as the person’s LittleSis profile.
  7. Scroll to the bottom of the page to see how many more list members have possible matches.
  8. Click Verify and Match Another to continue with other list members or click Verify to finish.
  9. Repeat steps 5-8 for each list member until complete.
Within a few minutes, your matches will update the list’s analysis tabs and generate new relationships between these people and their donation recipients, displayed on the profile pages of both entities.

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Removing a List
This tool is only available to advanced analysts.
  1. Search for the list you want to remove.
  2. Click its name in the search results.
  3. Click Remove in the list page header.
  4. Verify that you want to remove the list in the dialog box that appears.