This page provide links to a range of short (typically 1 minute or less) screencast videos as they become available. Click on the  Design-32-Reverse  icon to run the video.

Defining your Database
Create a New DatabaseIn this video, the user uses the Create Database option to create a new database. After creating the database, the user goes to the Administration page, to view the default (and editable) set of record types. They then return to the Main screen, to start creating records.
Borrow StructureIn this video, the user uses the Import Structure option to view the list of available (indexed) databases. From the list they select a database (H3 Reference Set), from which they choose a number of record types to import. They then view their database structure which now includes the newly imported record types; grouped into their relevant tabs (e.g. the record type ‘Magazine’ has been placed in the ‘Bibliography2’ group.
Define New Record TypeIn this video, the user opens the Record Types & Field Definitions page to create a new record type. Once they have entered the name (‘Play’) and description, they select a suitable icon (to be associated with each occurrence of the record). Once created, the default (editable) set of fields for the new record are displayed. Closing this page, the user can see that the new record type has been added to the Basic Record Types group.
Add Existing Field TypeIn this video, the user opens the Record Types & Field Definitions dialog, and opens an existing record type (Play). Clicking on the record type displays the existing field types for the record. The user clicks on the Add button (below which the wish to add the existing field type) and Add Field and choose from a list of existing field types, a filed type (Alternative Text) to add to the record type. Once added, they open this field type to tailor it for this record (make it ‘Recommended’ and ‘Repeatable’ up to 3 times).
Define New Field TypeIn this video, the user opens the Record Types & Field Definitions page, and opens an existing record type (Play). The user clicks on the Add button (below which the wish to add the new field type) and Define field, and enter the new field type details (Name, Help Text and Data Type (in this case Date). Once they save the field type, it is displayed on the Play record structure.
Delete Field TypeIn this video, the user is already on the Record Types and Field Definition page. They choose a record type (Article), and from the list of field types, choose to delete the Acknowledgment (Relationship) field type. However, this has only removed this instance of the field type for this record type. To permanently remove the field type from the database, (once all instances have been removed), they use the Manage Field type option, to view all field types. From here they locate and delete the field type ‘Acknowledgement’ peramentaily!
Create RecordIn this video, the user uses the Add New Record button, to open the Create Record dialog. They select the record type Recipe and add it. Once added, they can now complete the record fields (at least the mandatory ones marked red). Note that ‘Ingredients’ is a Repeatable field type and so they can make multiple entries. Once completed, they save the record and close it, to return to the Add New Record dialog (where they could have added another record if they wished).
Delete RecordIn this video, the user searches for an existing record (‘Confiture’), which has a number of entries. They choose one entry and Delete it. The search page shows that the record has indeed been deleted.
Field types
SimpleIn this video, the user creates and then uses two fields: Page Count & Blurb, based on two simple field types: Numeric and Memo.
Repeating (multi-value)In this video, the user creates and then uses a ‘Repeating’ field: Ingredients.
Terms ListIn this video, the user selects a predefined Terms List (or ‘Vocabulary’): Colour for use in a repeating field: Ingredient Colour (this allows a user to make multiple choices from its predefined list of defined colours).
Create Vocabulary
Record PointerIn this video, the user creates a new (repeatable) field type: Ingredient (to be added to the Recipe record structure). This uses the Data Type: Record Pointer. As part of this creation they select the record type that can be pointed to: Ingredient. They could select multiple record types but in this case they just select one. We then see the use of the record pointer to point to an existing Ingredient record.
Relationship MarkerIn this video, the user creates a new field type: Acknowledgement, of data type: Relationship Marker. They are using the existing terms list: Bibliographic, although they could create a new terms list if so required.
Geographic (location)
Temporal Dates
Fuzzy/Uncertain Dates
Viewing Results
Navigation Panel
Database Summary
Simple Search
Assisted Search
View Search Results
Single Record View
Bookmark & Annotate Records
Map & Timeline View
Generate User-Defined Reports
Viewing Related Records
Save Searches
Actions on Search Results
Set Ownership and Visibility of Records
Tag Records
Delete Records
Merge Records
Relate Records
Edit Record Type
Edit Record
Edit Field Type Instance
Add Term
Users and Access
Add User
Generate an Archive Package
Exporting Data
Export CSV
Export HML
Export KML
Export Feeds (RSS, Atom)
Database Utilities
Verify Data Consistency
Find Duplicate Records


A number of public Heurist databases have been used in these tutorials, including:

  • Beyond 1914
  • Digital Harlem
  • Medieval Cookbook

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