From: Laura Estill <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Thursday, February 11, 2021 9:22 PM
To: faculty <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: [faculty] Registration now open: Databases for humanists and related disciplines (April 2021@X)


Dear All,

Registration is now open for DHSI-East 2021: Databases.


The workshop will run from 26-29 April at St Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.  For more details, visit


Direct link to registration:


Our current plan is to have an in-person course with attendees from around the region. We recognize that course delivery mechanisms may have to change. If you plan to attend from beyond the region, please note that you will be expected to follow proper quarantining procedures before attending any in-person gathering. Social distancing, masks, and other precautions will be taken on-site.



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. Participants need no prior experience with databases or programming.


At the end of the course, you will be able to laugh at this joke: 

An SQL query walks into a bar and sees two tables.

It saunters over to them and asks, “May I join you?”


DHSI-East is part of the international DH Training Network and takes its name from DHSI, the Digital Humanities Summer Institute (University of Victoria). DHSI-East 2021 is supported by funding from the Harrison McCain Foundation Awards (Acadia University) and the Canada Research Chairs program.


If you have any questions, please contact [log in to unmask]. Please circulate to any of your colleagues who might be interested.





On behalf of the DHSI-East Organizing Team

Richard Cunningham, Laura Estill, Meghan Landry, Margaret Vail, and Lydia Vermeyden


Dr. Laura Estill

Canada Research Chair in Digital Humanities

Associate Professor of English, St. Francis Xavier University

Director, StFX Digital Humanities Centre

Editor, Early Modern Digital Review



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