History Data Service (HDS)

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Richard Deswarte
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Host institution: 
University of Essex
About the centre:

The History Data Service collects, preserves, and promotes the use of digital resources, which result from or support historical research, learning and teaching. The History Data Service is a successor service to AHDS History which from 1996 to March 2008 was one of the five centres of the Arts and Humanities Data Service.

The service is housed within the UK Data Archive (UKDA) at the University of Essex. The service provides access and support for a range of historical datasets, promoting and facilitating increased and more effective use of data in research, learning and teaching.

Services provided: 
Services offered by the History Data Service include:
  • long-term preservation of deposited data collections
  • access to available collections through the UK Data Archive Data Catalogue
  • online guidance on creating and documenting digital resources from historical sources
  • a dedicated help desk and web site
  • regularly updated web-based FAQs
  • JISCmail mailing list offering news on the latest History Data Service collections and other information useful to both creators and users of historical datasets.
  • news bulletins and articles
  • online guides and resources on using data
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