Handling digital data in practice

The students will engage in a series of four workshops (each taking two sessions), in which various types of data and corresponding digital tools will be discussed. In Workshop 1 the students will work with structured data (databases), information that is organized in clear structures such as tables, and that can easily be processed and searched. After an introduction to the design of databases and the methods for downloading and enriching online data, students will put their acquired knowledge into practice. Workshop 2 is organized around the ‘digitization chain’, which means the subsequent steps that are necessary to turn a printed textual object, a bible text or a policy report, into a digital object that can be searched for and accessed online. In Workshop 3 the subject is Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and students will learn how to create and reuse digital (historical) maps. In Workshop 4 the central theme is the visualization of social media data. Students will learn how patterns in information streams such as Twitter messages can be presented in comprehensive ways through a tool that visualizes frequencies, relations and networks. For each of the four workshops students are expected to deliver a digital product. The best results will be presented on the website of the minor.


Course Materials:

The course manual will be available from September 2014. For the course manual of 2013, see Archive.

Projects created by students in the course “Handling Digital Data in Practice” in 2013