DATASET: High school dynamic contact networks

Release data: Aug 24, 2014

These datasets contain the temporal network of contacts between students in a high school in Marseilles, France. The first dataset gives the contacts of the students of three classes during 4 days in Dec. 2011, and the second corresponds to the contacts of the students of 5 classes during 7 days (from a Monday to the Tuesday of the following week) in Nov. 2012.

Each Contact list file contains a tab-separated list representing the active contacts during 20-second intervals of the data collection. Each line has the form “t i j Ci Cj“, where i and j are the anonymous IDs of the persons in contact, Ci and Cj are their classes, and the interval during which this contact was active is [ t – 20s, t ]. If multiple contacts are active in a given interval, you will see multiple lines starting with the same value of t. Time is measured in seconds (for the 2012 data, it is expressed in UNIX ctime).

Each metadata file contains a tab-separated list in which each line of the form “i Ci Gi” gives class Ci and gender Gi of the person having ID i.

Terms and conditions

The data are distributed to the public under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license. When this data is used in published research or for visualization purposes, please cite the following paper:
J. Fournet, A. Barrat, Contact patterns among high school students,
PLoS ONE 9(9):e107878 (2014). Please also acknowledge the SocioPatterns collaboration and provide a link to

download iconContact list (year 2011), tab separated, 90KB
download iconMetadata (year 2011), tab separated, 1KB
download iconContact list (year 2012), tab separated, 150KB
download iconMetadata (year 2012), tab separated, 2KB


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