Heurist is widely used in individual research projects, as well as infrastructure projects.

This page lists a small set of featured Heurist applications and web sites derived from Heurist databases, as well as a featured set of infrastructure projects that use Heurist. Featured projects link to more detailed description that also highlights Heurist’s role in the featured project. Together these provide prime exemplars of Heurist’s role in a range of publicly-available sites.

These are followed by a longer sample list of projects arranged by category.

(This is a non-comprehensive list of active and/or recent projects using Heurist. Many applications and sites relate to individual research groups or researcher’s projects and are therefore not publicly available. We will add to this list when possible.)

Featured Research Projects

Dictionary of Sydney

Born digital and first published online in 2009, the Dictionary uses Heurist as its back-end. Around 14,000 entities in a dozen entity types, 750 entries totalling around a million words, and 3,500 multimedia (2013 figures), are linked through 75,000 relationships, annotations and events.


DoS Trust, Sydney

Digital Harlem

An award-winning component of the Black Metropolis-ARC: Harlem collaborative research project, whose goal is to “produce an ethnographic study of everyday life in Harlem as it became the black capital of the world.” The Heurist-based database stores events – primarily arrests and related court records – relating to Harlem from 1915-1930.


Stephen Robertson, George Mason University

Beyond 1914—The University of Sydney and the Great War

An extensive, searchable database tracking the education and military service of approximately 2,500 staff and students of the University of Sydney involved in the First World War. Online website was launched in September 2014.


Julia Horne, Nyree Morrison, University of Sydney

Expert Nation

An ARC funded Discovery Project, Expert Nation builds on the success of Beyond 1914 to investigate how Australian university graduates, with World War One experience, contributed to the formation of the post-war Australian nation.


Dr Tamson Pietsch, Associate Professor Julia Horne and Professor Stephen Garton (USyd) and Professor Kate Darian Smith and Dr James Waghorne (UMelb).

Gallipoli The First Day

Winner of the inaugural AFI Award for Innovation in Screen Content 2009, Gallipoli is an interactive ABC 3D documentary website that provides an immersive experience of the ANZAC landing at Gallipoli, 25 April 1915.


University’s Archaeological Computing Laboratory (ACL) / BC’s Digital Innovation Unit

The Virtual Museum of Balinese Painting

A comprehensive database of collections of Balinese paintings leading to a public website, the Virtual Museum of Balinese Paintings.


Adrian Vickers, University of Sydney


Medieval Cookbook

A study of a mediaeval cookbook linking menus, recipes and ingredients.


Catalina Macias, Colombian student

Roehampton Campus Project

This database was set-up to help the collage’s students explore the campus, using its buildings and art works, landscape features and religious sites, archival and image collections to research its architectural history, classical allusions and religious links. The Heurist Team built a WordPress website to pull in the information from the Heurist database linked to a Zotero library.


Dr. Sonya Nevin, Research Fellow / Visiting Lecturer, Department of Humanities, University of Roehampton


Mapping Island Lives

A Heurist project to collect prosopographical information on persons who lived in the nineteenth and the early twentieth centuries, born in or originating from the Ionian Islands and to document, in a dynamic way, the course of the political, social and cultural history of the region.


Helen Katsiadakis, Academy of Athens

Homer in the Margins: The Art of Citation in the Ancient Literary Commentary

A project using Heurist to study the scholia (commentaries) on ancient texts. In this case the scholia contain citations of Homeric poetry used on other texts. The database assists researchers to understand the scholia and how they were used, as well as providing information on how Homeric citations were used within the 3rd century Greek literary culture. The database owner says: “In these ways the Heurist platform will serve—true to its etymology—as the discovery mechanism for the role of citation in the tradition of the ancient literary commentary.”


Assistant Professor Joshua Smith of Johns Hopkins University, in Baltimore, Maryland in the USA

Featured Infrastructure Projects


The FAIMS (Field Acquired Information Management Systems) Project builds tools for digital data collection in the field, and online processing and archiving of the resulting data. Project staff also advise researchers concerning the development of data management strategies that meet the requirements of major grant schemes and improve research outcomes.


HuNI (Humanities Networked Infrastructure) combines data from many Australian cultural websites into the biggest humanities and creative arts database ever assembled in Australia. HuNI data covers all disciplines and brings together information about the people, works, events, organisations and places that make up the country’s rich cultural landscape.


Deakin University

Sample of Other Projects by Category

Art, Media, Art History
Artists DirectoryA database of artists, galleries, exhibitions, venues and relationships to research the development of a 20th century floraison of artistic endeavour.Ron Gallagher, Monash University.
Archaeology and Heritage
Zagora Remote SensingA field project to do remote sensing verification around the site of Zagora in Greece. This was a pre-alpha implementation of the Heurist FAIMS tablet app configuration generator.Adela Sobotkova, UNSW.
Rainforest Stone toolsRecording of existing collections of stone tools from the rainforest areas of Queensland.Alice Buhrich, James Cook University, Queensland.
Hellenization of Ancient ThraceRomania. Inscriptions from Ancient Thrace.Petra Janouchová.
VET4DLTracking educational service providers, the courses they provide and the funding programs on which they depend.Camilla Couch, TAFE, Sydney.
Guias de ForasterosLina Cuellar Wills, Columbia.
Execution BalladsUna McIllvena, Centre for the History of Emotions.
Religious Nonconformity and Performance in early modern BritainAlison Searle, DECRA, University of Sydney.
Early English OperaPatricia Alessi, University of Western Australia.
Sydney Historical MapsAndrew Wilson, University of Sydney.
HuNI CoreIan Johnson, University of Sydney.
Cherbourg Sports Oral History ProjectAlistair Harvey, University of Queensland.
Early Agricultural Remnants and TechnologyPatty Anderson, CNRS-CEPAM.
Phoenix ProjectJeffrey Glover, University of Atlanta.
Zagora ProjectBeatrice McLoughlin, University of Sydney.
Bahrain sites databaseClaire Reeler, ARCHEFACT, Queensland.
FAIMS Schema RepositoryPenny Crook, UNSW.
Roman MesopotamiaPeter Edwell, Kate daCosta, Macquarie University.
Burns Photo CollectionRoss Burns, Kate daCosta. University of Sydney.
NSW Dairy MachineryCarly Todhunter.