Physical organisation systems

physical organisation systems

1. Introduction

Although most of the time when we talk about storing and structuring data we will be talking about the digital, historians still rely to varying degrees on physical data. This might mean a collection of photocopies of journal articles or it might involve printed primary sources, photographs, or archaeological reports. Whatever physical ‘data’ that you collect through the research process, you will need to come up with a means to organise and structure that data so that you can find it easily and understand its context.

There are many means of doing this so what we have here is more of a case study of what you might want to do, rather than an exhaustive list.