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Historians and their Data: a Workshop Exploring Best Practice for Research Data Management in History

Course date(s): 
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!

Historic Gardens: Research in Action

Course date(s): 
20 May 2015 to 8 Jul 2015
This course examines how archival research findings on historic gardens can contribute to garden restoration, conservation and management. Taught on Wednesday mornings (11.00-13.00), Historic Gardens: Research in Action adopts a case-study approach to the exploration of these relationships through a combination of lectures, seminar-based discussions and site visits.

Historical fiction

This one-day workshop, open to all authors or budding authors, will show how to research the history behind historical fiction, with detailed guidance on using published works of history, finding and employing primary source materials and getting the most from libraries, archives, museums and art galleries.

Historical Mapping and Geographical Information Systems

Course date(s): 
26 Nov 2015 to 27 Nov 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.

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