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.
Digital research skills courses
Case studies and introductory training modules in the use of various advanced digital techniques. Although primarily focused on semantic data markup and text mining, there is also information about other areas: visualisation, linked data, and cloud computing.
14 Apr 2014
Managing digital data is a critical skill for anyone conducting research in History. Whether you are an individual scholar or a partner in a large collaborative project, the way in which you collect, organise and manage your data will have a big impact on your research. It will affect the ways in which you can ask questions of your data and consequently it will influence your interpretation. Further, it will affect your ability to verify your conclusions at a later date as well as inhibit the potential to re-use and share the data. Your data might consist of oral history recordings, images of ancient artefacts, economic and social statistical data or transcribed copies of archive documents. Irrespective of where your data comes from and what form it takes, it will be the bedrock of your research and so it is important that you look after it!
3 Dec 2015 to 4 Dec 2015
5 May 2016 to 6 May 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 ArcGIS, the industry standard software for map analysis and production.
1 Dec 2015
2 Mar 2016
6 Jun 2016
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.