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

Course date(s): 
14 Apr 2014
Course tutor(s): 


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!

Course details

This is the third and final workshop of the AHRC-funded History DMT (Data Management Training and Guidance) project, which seeks to integrate best practice, good principles, and skills of research data management within the postgraduate curriculum and among early career historians. The workshop will showcase the chief deliverable of the project: a free online training course dedicated to the research data types that historians are most likely to come across in their research. Further, the workshop will build upon the specialist training workshops which were held at the University of Hull and the Institute of Historical Research (University of London) by exploring the role of data management and training in research.

The workshop will take place at the Humanities Research Institute, University of Sheffield (34 Gell Street, Sheffield S3 7QY) and is free to attend. Academic staff, early career researchers and postgraduate students are welcome.

Please register your interest by contacting Clare Mills c.e.mills@sheffield.ac.uk. Please include in your email any dietary or access requirements and if you would like a travel bursary (a limited number of travel bursaries are available for students. If you believe that your costs will be significantly high or have any questions about the bursary please contact matt.phillpott@sas.ac.uk).



10.30                     Coffee & registration

11.00                     Introduction                                      

11.15                     Introducing the History Data Management Online Training Course

                                Dr Matthew Phillpott

11.45                     Uncovering Networks Through Ornament: Tracing the Printers of Cheap Pamphlets in the 1640s

                                Alex Hitchman


12.15                     Fancy a game of Battleships? The Dreadnought and Data Management

                                Scott Lindgren

12.45                     Lunch


13.30                     Networks and sociability: John Spencer 1719-75

                                Nicola Walker

14.00                     Managing Data: Understanding Its Role and Impact in a History Research Project

                                Michael Pidd

14.30                     Group activity: using the course materials, evaluation

15.15                     Coffee Break

15.30                     Group feedback on the course materials

16.00                     Embedding Data Management Training

                                Dr Matthew Phillpott

16.30                     Workshop ends


Further information about the History DMT project: http://www.history.ac.uk/projects/digital/history-dmt