Digital research skills courses

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.

Historical Mapping and Geographical Information Systems

Course date(s): 
3 Dec 2015 to 4 Dec 2015
5 May 2016 to 6 May 2016
29 Jun 2016 to 30 Jun 2016
The ‘spatial turn’ is now well established in history and scholars, publishers and readers now frequently expect to see space to be used as a category of analysis, maps used as sources, and research illustrated with custom maps. However, without training in geographical techniques, tools, and even terminology, it can be challenging for historians to begin to work with this material. This two day course is designed to first introduce the history and concepts of mapping, along with the most basic ways of producing your own maps, before then moving on to a second day focusing on QGIS, the widely-used open-source GIS software package.

Internet for historical research

Course date(s): 
1 Dec 2016
1 Mar 2017
5 Jun 2017
This intensive one-day workshop will equip students with the knowledge and skills to use the internet with confidence as a tool for historical research. It introduces the principal online resources available to historical researchers, and shows how to make best use of them in pursuit of primary sources and secondary literature. Suitable for those at any stage of an academic career who wish to build or refresh their skills, the course covers English-language material for British, European and world history from late antiquity to the present.

People of Medieval Scotland Database Workshop

Course date(s): 
20 Jul 2016
The People of Medieval Scotland 1093–1314 database (PoMS) (www.poms.ac.uk) is not only a resource for Scottish historians. It includes information from over 5300 charters (broadly defined), which means that anyone seeking to explore the potential of this kind of source material for their research can do so quickly through PoMS, and then apply these insights to a different but comparable corpus of charters. This is possible because PoMS provides information in a structured way about individuals and their interactions exactly as this is reflected in the documents, paying close attention to their form and essential features. Not only can research that could take months be accomplished in minutes, but sophisticated queries can be tested. PoMS also includes innovative ways of visualising results through maps and sociograms.

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