Harvey Quamen, Jon Bath, and Matt Bouchard taught a course entitled “Digital Humanities Databases” at the 2012 Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI) in Victoria, BC. Registration in the course was full.
Course description: Databases are the driving engine behind a large number of classic and cutting-edge digital humanities applications. DH tasks — such as wielding enormous GIS maps, aggregating the social media of wikis and blogs, building large archival repositories and even generating the semantic web — all depend on some form of database. This course will introduce the inner workings of databases and demonstrate hands-on work with participants’ own data sets to learn more about concepts like data normalization, relational table design, Structured Query Language (SQL), and effective long-term data management. Students need no prior experience with databases or programming.