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): 
24 Nov 2015 to 27 Nov 2015
12 Apr 2016 to 15 Apr 2016
7 Jun 2016 to 10 Jun 2016
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 II: practical database tools

Course date(s): 
5 Aug 2015 to 7 Aug 2015
3 Aug 2016 to 5 Aug 2016
The aim of this course is to develop further practical skills in constructing and fully exploiting databases for use in historical research. Assuming a basic understanding of the conceptual issues, the course will introduce techniques to conduct more complex analysis and to present the results in graphical form for greatest comprehension and impact.

Designing databases for historical research (free course)

This free module provides an overview of important concepts both in terms of the historical data that might be used in databases and in terms of the design process. The module takes the form of a handbook, broken down into chapter headings and acts as the preliminary module for the Building and using databases for historical research online course.

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