Digital research skills courses

Building and using databases for historical research

The aim of this training course is to equip you with the skills required to build and use a relational database suited to historical research. Creating databases can be a relatively simple process, especially with today’s desktop software, which is geared to offering help at every stage; with a little bit of extra effort additional functionality can be built into the ‘database application’ which will enable it to form the most valuable and powerful of customised research tools. Entering data into the database can be a time-consuming endeavour, but if it is done correctly into a well-designed database then the potential improvements offered in terms of information management and analysis more than repays the effort. This course continues from the free online course Designing databases for historical research.

Data preservation (free course)

Consideration of data preservation should be at the core of what researchers do, not just to make sure that you don’t lose your research data, or can’t find what you are after, once you have been away from it for a while, but if you wish also to make it available to other researchers in the future. This course guides you through the minefield that is data preservation and gives you handy tips as to how you can include it in your day to day work without it seeming like a chore.

Databases for historians I

Course date(s): 
15 Nov 2016 to 18 Nov 2016
17 Jan 2017 to 20 Jan 2017
3 Apr 2017 to 6 Apr 2017
3 Jul 2017 to 6 Jul 2017
This 4-day course is an introduction to the theory and practice of constructing and using databases. Taught via a mixture of formal lectures and 'hands-on' practical classes, the session will introduce a wide range of skills and techniques, showing how to design and build a database appropriate to the needs of your project, and illustrating how this will help to guide and expand your analysis.

Databases for Historians: Research Analysis and Data Processing

Course date(s): 
18 Aug 2017
This practical one-day workshop explores the need for good quality data in historical research, how to achieve this, and how to perform and present analysis based on historical research questions. A number of topics are addressed, primarily focusing on a broad range of querying techniques including: qualitative and quantitative analyses; the moving, shaping and programmatic altering of data; the automated generation of dependent and conditional data values; and the presentation and publication of research analyses in different formats. A reasonable familiarity with data modelling and common database tools is required.