Building Digital Databases Using Historical Material - Online (fully booked)


30/05/2022 - 31/05/2022

Organised by:

University of Liverpool


Dr Katherine Roscoe


Entry (no or almost no prior knowledge)


Dr Billie-Gina Thomason


Run online by University of Liverpool


This is an introductory course for participants interested in or in the process of building databases using historical material. It will cover the process of designing a database, including the planning, assembly, processing, and sharing stages. Participants will be invited to reflect in small groups on their own projects using a series of prompts and will get feedback on a template design for their database. The facilitator will also signpost best-practice digital databases and further reading to help them continue to develop their plans going forward. It takes a broad view of ‘digital’ which include turning archival material into a dataset using a computer, working with digital material, and how the dataset can be made available online. It is best suited for humanities or social-science researchers embarking on a new project. It focusses on developing your ideas for your own project within a framework of research database design, and does not offer specific training on any statistical or database software.

This course equates to one full day of training for payment purposes.


Day One 09.00 - 12.30

Morning (synchronous)

09.00 - 09.10:  Welcome

09.10 - 09.45: (Presentation) A History of Digital Humanities

9.45 - 10.30: Participants introduce themselves (their research, projects, reasons for attending)

10.30 - 10.45: Coffee break

10.45 - 11.00: (Presentation) Tour of facilitator’s ‘planning phase’ for their database

11.00 - 11:30: Discussion about what planning phase might involve for participants’ own research projects

11.30 - 11.45: (Presentation) Tour of facilitator’s ‘assembling data’ phase for their database

11.45 - 12.15: Discussion about what assembling data might involve for participants’ own research projects

12.15 - 12.30: Questions and explanation of afternoon’s assignment and wrap up.

Discussion will be guided by questions available on a MURAL board for each ‘phase’ of database design and participants can contribute either verbally or using post it notes on the board.

Afternoon (asynchronous)

Participants are asked to spend some of their own time mocking up/designing their database based on their discussion/prompts. Or, if one is progress, considering how to streamline or add to it usefully. They will be provided the link to the MURAL board to see the questions to consider, further resources and will be encouraged to add their own post-it notes with their thoughts.


Day Two 09.00 - 12.30

09.00­ - 09.30: (Presentation) Sharing Humanities Data Online: Best Practice     

09.30 - 10.15: Participants share their own designs, and receive supported peer-to-peer critiques

10.15 - 10.30: Coffee break

10.30 - 10.45 (Presentation) Tour of facilitator’s ‘processing data’ phase for their database

10.45 - 11.15: Discussion about what ‘processing data’ phase might involve for participants’ own research projects

11.15 - 11.45 (Presentation) Tour of facilitator’s own ‘sharing data’ phase for their database

11.45 - 12.15: (Discussion): Discussion about what sharing data might involve for participants’ own research projects

12.15 - 12.30: Wrap up



The fee per teaching day is: £30 per day for students, £60 per day for staff working for academic institutions, Research Councils and other recognised research institutions, registered charity organisations and the public sector and £100 per day for all other participants. In the event of cancellation by the delegate a full refund of the course fee is available up to two weeks prior to the course. NO refunds are available after this date. If it is no longer possible to run a course due to circumstances beyond its control, NCRM reserves the right to cancel the course at its sole discretion at any time prior to the event. In this event every effort will be made to reschedule the course. If this is not possible or the new date is inconvenient a full refund of the course fee will be given. NCRM shall not be liable for any costs, losses or expenses that may be incurred as a result of its cancellation of a course, including but not limited to any travel or accommodation costs. The University of Southampton’s Online Store T&Cs also continue to apply.


North West


Digital Social Research, Big data analytics, Data Collection (other), Qualitative Approaches (other), Historical Methods, Digital Approaches to Archival Material, Research Skills, Dissemination, Communication

Related publications and presentations:

Digital Social Research
Big data analytics
Data Collection (other)
Qualitative Approaches (other)

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