As part of being Technology Officer, I teach two modules on the Masters in Digital Humanities, here at NUI Maynooth. This morning, I had to finish grading a batch of assignments for one of those modules, entitled “Modelling Humanities Data 1”.

The students had to create an entity relationship model that represented that data held in the source documents from the 1911 census, which can be accessed online from The National Archives of Ireland. They then had to implement their model by creating a database in phpMyAdmin that was populated with census information from two townlands in Co.Leitrim.

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They then had to carry out SQL queries on the database to answer questions on the data.

After correcting the assignments, I feel that the students engaged well with the material!