History and data management

lhist2401  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

History and data management
Note from June 29, 2020
Although we do not yet know how long the social distancing related to the Covid-19 pandemic will last, and regardless of the changes that had to be made in the evaluation of the June 2020 session in relation to what is provided for in this learning unit description, new learnig unit evaluation methods may still be adopted by the teachers; details of these methods have been - or will be - communicated to the students by the teachers, as soon as possible.
5 credits
22.5 h

  This learning unit is not being organized during year 2019-2020.

François Aurore;
Main themes
Management and critical analysis of information are key skills for historians. The ability to deal with a corpus of data using powerful computer techniques is a necessary skill not only for studying history but also for the development of historical expertise in society. This course is designed to introduce students to the structuring of data on the entity-relationship model and to go through all the stages necessary to create a relational database.  
The course will use concrete examples of corpora of varied documents, both with a rigid structure (registers, lists, directories, etc.) and without (speeches, correspondence, etc.).

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 Objective of the course: from the perspective of their seminar or thesis, to provide history students with the conceptual tools to enable them to better understand, structure and deal with information drawn from their sources.
At the end of the course, students will be introduced to the principles according to which an information system functions, and will be able to undertake a project to design a historical database (structuring the data, entering it onto database management software, creation of encoding forms, requests).

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
Using examples of the resolution of practical cases, this course covers the main stages in the formation of a relational database:
  • How to analyse the field of application (sources, issues...), design a data structure;
  • How to create the structure in a database management system;
  • How to design the tools and strategies to help the process of collection/encoding;
  • How to retrieve information from the resulting corpus.
Evaluation methods
Written exam, partly computer-based

Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [60] in History

Master [120] in Information and Communication Science and Technology

Master [120] in History