Profiles
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Navigating the Profile Page
Adding a New Profile
Completing a Profile
Adding/Editing a Profile Picture
Editing a Profile
Can you suggest people/orgs for me to add?
How do I find information about a person/organization I want to add?
How do I know if the person/organization I want to add belongs in LittleSis?
How do I correctly enter a date?

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Using the Profile Analysis Tabs
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Navigating the Profile Page
To view a profile, search for the person or organization you want to view and click their name in the search results.
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Adding a New Profile
All analysts can create a new profile for any person or organization not already profiled in LittleSis.
  1. Click Add at the top of your screen and select Person or Organization from the drop-down menu.
  2. Search for the person/org you want to add to see if their profile already exists, making sure to consider spelling and possible nicknames.
  3. Check all boxes that describe the Type of person/org this is.
  4. Enter their common Name (you can add other common or legal names soon).
  5. Enter a Short description that indicates how they are best known.
  6. Click Add.
  7. You’ve created a stub profile! Please continue to:
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Completing a Profile
Aliases
Add other common or legal names for the entity to improve search results.
  1. Click Add next to Aliases to create a new name.
  2. Click Primary next to their most commonly-used name to display it on their profile. (eg. Bank of America is also known as BoA)
Custom Fields
Add basic info about the entity not covered in the Basic tab.
Finger Does the information describe a relationship (eg. Bank of America’s CEO)? Add a new relationship instead of a custom field.
  1. Click Add.
  2. Enter your source of the additional information.
  3. Enter the new Field Name (eg. employer_id_number) and and its Value, or the info that completes this new field (eg. what is Bank of American’s EIN?)
Industries
Add the entity’s industry to their profile.
  1. Click Update from OpenSecrets to search automatically for their relevant industries. If no results are found, follow the next step.
  2. Click Add to see a list of all industries.
  3. Select the relevant one(s) by clicking Add again next to its name.

Networks
Check any geographic power networks this entity is in. Your default network will be automatically checked.

Basic
Add vital stats about the entity. Always edit this tab last! The information you enter won’t be saved when you move to another tab.
  1. Reference the source of any basic information you are about to add.
  2. Enter the information from your source.
  3. Click Save to finish.
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Adding/Editing a Profile Picture
  1. Open a new tab and search for an image of the person or organization.
  2. Copy the URL of the image by right-clicking on it and selecting Copy image URL.
  3. Return to the LittleSis tab and click the picture/placeholder.
    • If the profile already has a picture, click Upload to add a new one.
  4. Paste the image URL in the Remote URL box.
  5. Give the image a Title that will make it easy for other users to identify.
  6. If the profile already has a picture, check the Featured box to use this new one instead.
  7. Click Upload to finish.
Finger You can upload a picture from your computer by clicking Choose file, but it needs to be owned by you or have a Creative Commons license. If so, check the Is free box to continue.

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Editing a Profile
All analysts can edit the basic information displayed on any person or organization’s profile in LittleSis.
  1. Search for the person (eg. Ben Bernanke, Fed chairman) or organization you want to edit.
  2. Click their name to go to their profile.
  3. Click Edit in the profile page header.
Aliases
Add other common or legal names for the entity to improve search results.
  1. Click Add next to Aliases to create a new name.
  2. Click Primary next to their most commonly-used name to display it on their profile. (eg. Benjamin Bernanke is commonly known as Ben Bernanke.)
Custom Fields
Add basic info about the entity not covered in the Basic tab.
Finger Does the information describe a relationship (eg. Ben Bernanke’s spouse)? Add a new relationship instead of a custom field.
  1. Click Add.
  2. Enter your source of the additional information.
  3. Enter the new Field Name (eg. net_worth) and and its Value, or the info that completes this new field (eg. what is Ben Bernanke’s net worth?)
Industries
Add the entity’s industry to their profile.
  1. Click Update from OpenSecrets to search automatically for their relevant industries. If no results are found, follow the next step.
  2. Click Add to see a list of all industries.
  3. Select the relevant one(s) by clicking Add again next to its name.

Networks
Check any geographic power networks this entity is in. Your default network will be automatically checked.

Basic
Add vital stats about the entity. Always edit this tab last! The information you enter won’t be saved when you move to another tab.
  1. Reference the source of any basic information you are about to add.
  2. Enter the information from your source.
  3. Click Save to finish.
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Can you suggest people/orgs for me to add?
LittleSis tracks influence and power with respect to policy-making and the public sphere. There are many powerful people and organizations with stub profiles on LittleSis, meaning they have fewer than one relationship. Check out the list of stub profiles to begin adding new relationships that will make their profiles more complete.

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How do I find information about a person/organization I want to add?
Start with a simple Google search. The best information is usually found in articles or bios written by others, but sometimes a person’s “official" bio on the websites of organizations in which they have positions can be just as juicy. Sites like Wikipedia that aggregate information can provide interesting information, but anything you find there must be supported with an original source.

For more tips, try our practice tutorial or check out our research guide, which highlights some of our favorite sources and how to use them.

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How do I know if a person/organization that I want to add belongs in LittleSis?
LittleSis tracks influence and power with respect to policy-making and the public sphere. We try to keep profiles limited to people and organizations with significant access, influence, and wealth.
Finger Only add profiles that are linked to a person or organization already in the database.

The site's core data is almost all relevant to investigating power on a national level, but individuals and organizations who belong to networks of influence at the state or local level may be worth including if they have ties to existing data. If you wish to tackle the project of mapping the power structures in your local city by using LittleSis, contact us about setting up a new group or network.

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How do I correctly enter a date?
Enter dates in the format yyyy-mm-dd. The year is required, but a specific month or day are optional.
Examples - 1999 would be 1999-00-00; May 1968 would be 1968-05-00

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Using the Profile Analysis Tabs
These tabs automatically analyze relationship data added by users and display it in ways that may be helpful for researchers, journalists and others. They are an easy way to filter complex networks and can save users a lot of manual tallying, but are not meant to offer an authoritative list of a person's or organization's closest affiliates. Relationships are merely counted, not weighted by importance or supported by original research.
Organizations

The Interlocks tab shows other organizations in which this organization’s (eg. Booz Allen Hamilton) people--leadership and staff--have positions. The orgs with most common people are shown first.

The Giving tab shows the politicians and organizations to which this organization’s people have made donations, in order by total amount donated.

The Political tab graphs the political donation data of this organization’s people by party, politicians and political orgs supported, as well as showing the biggest individual donors.

The Schools tab shows the universities and colleges attended by this organization’s people. The schools with the most common people are shown first.

People

The Interlocks tab shows the other people that have positions in the same organizations as this person (eg. Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO). The people with the most common orgs are shown first.

The Giving tab shows the other people that made donations to the same politicians or organizations as this person. The people with the most common donation recipients are shown first.

The Political tab graphs this person’s political donation data by party, politicians and political orgs supported.

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What should I do if I notice an error on a profile?
Use the references to try to find the correct information and make the change(s). Otherwise you can click the Flag button in the profile header and complete the form to notify us of a problem pertaining to that profile. If the error seems to be systemic—occurring on more than one profile— please contact us.

Because we collected most of the core data on the site using automated processes, and because the site includes data on nearly 50,000 individuals and organizations—too much for us to verify by hand—there are some errors in the data. Thanks for helping us sort them out!

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Why can't I find the information I just entered?
Occasionally the appearance of new data is delayed--sorry about that! Click History in the header of any profile, relationship page or list to see a list of data modifications. Please contact us if your data hasn’t appeared after a few minutes.

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I accidentally added a profile that already exists! What should I do?
Click the Flag button in the header of the duplicate profile and complete the form to notify us of the problem. We will make the correction as soon as possible.

Advanced analysts can delete or merge the duplicate profiles. To check your level, click your username and click Settings on your dashboard header.