A critical skill for anyone conducting research in History is their ability to properly manage their digital data. A research project is only as good as the evidence that underlies it and that evidence needs to be clear, sharable, and reusable.
Join us on Monday 14 April 2014 at the Humanities Research Institute, University of Sheffield for a workshop that aims to help postgraduate students and early career researchers to make better use of their data by providing skills training in data management tailored directly toward the Historian.
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 is FREE to attend. Academic staff, early career researchers and postgraduate students are welcome.
Please register your interest by contacting Clare Mills firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com).
10.30 Coffee & registration
11.15 Introducing the History Data Management Online Training Course
11.45 Student Presentation #1
12.15 Student Presentation #2
13.30 Student Presentation #3
14.00 Managing Data: Understanding Its Role and Impact in a History Research Project
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
16.30 Workshop ends
Location: Humanities Research Institute, University of Sheffield (34 Gell Street, Sheffield S3 7QY)
Event: History DMT workshop
Date: Monday 14th April 2014
For further information about this workshop (including speaker details) check out our workshop home page.
To be effective researchers historians must learn skills to enable them to manage their research processes so that everything they do is recoverable, usable, and useful. This workshop is intended to help postgraduate students and early career researchers to think more about what it is they do, to learn about digital tools that can help them become better and more efficient historians, and to recognise the importance of being able to share that research in terms of both the data/research gathered and in terms of publishing.
This workshop looks at various aspects of the research process, providing guidance, ideas, and training in how to be more efficient and better at the research that you do. It is part of the History DMT (data management training) project between the Institute of Historical Research (London); the Department of History (Hull); and the Humanities Research Institute (Sheffield). The workshop is FREE and refreshments, including lunch are available.
To register for the workshop please fill in a booking form on the Institute of Historical Research website.
A number of bursaries are available to help with travel costs so please indicate if you are interested in one of these in your application.
10.30 Coffee & registration
11.00 Introduction (Matt Phillpott)
11.15 Researchers projects – managing their data
11.45 Bibliographical Tools
12.15 Practical activity
14.00 Sharing Data
14.30 Open Access
15.15 Practical Activity
16.30 Workshop ends
This is the second of three workshops for the History DMT project. The previous workshop was held in Hull in December (see this previous blog post for full details). The third will be held in Sheffield in April. Each session is intended as a standalone; however, if you attend more than one session we believe that this would be highly beneficial.
Location: Senate House (University of London)
Date: 27 February 2014
Places are limited. To reserve a place please fill in the booking form here. If you would like to learn more about the workshop then please contact Matt Phillpott at firstname.lastname@example.org who is happy to help.
Historians don’t often like to think about data management. Indeed, it is almost considered an ugly word or a taboo. Data Management gets in the way of the interesting stuff – the research, the learning. Nevertheless, it is vital to the work that we do. History is data. It is the essential essence of the subject. Yet, it is so easy to leave your folder system in a complete mess or not to consider issues of preservation or back-up until necessary (or until your hard drive dies on you!). Stuff that you produce now, for current use is understandable, but 6 months down the line, a year? Perhaps not so much.
It is for this reason that the Institute of Historical Research in partnership with the Department of History at the University of Hull and Sheffield, as well as the Humanities Research Institute (Sheffield), applied to the AHRC Collaborative Skills Development strand late last year, to undertake a project called History DMT. The bid was successful and work began in February.
History DMT stands for Data Management Training and Guidance. We seek to integrate best practice, good principles, and skills of research data management within the postgraduate curriculum and among early career historians through a series of specialist workshops at London, Hull, and Sheffield and through the development of a free online training course dedicated to the research data types that historians are most likely to come across in their research.
Various pathways will enable a hands-on approach to research data management that covers the many types of data which historians generate, as well as the means with which to share that data. These will cover:
Over the coming months the History SPOT blog will contain various posts about this project as it progresses, so please keep an eye out.