Tubman Resource Centre on the African Diaspora hosted a Workshop on Database
Construction and the African Diaspora, July 2-12, at York University. The purpose of
the Workshop was to explore issues relating to database construction on topics of
the African diaspora. The Workshop was organized over two weeks, beginning with two days
of formal presentations, followed by a week and a half of targeted workshops
devoted to database construction.
On 2-3 July, there were formal presentations of database projects, followed
by discussion. From 4-12 July, there were informal working sessions devoted to
database construction. Selected projects currently underway were identified at a plenary
session for the working sessions. There were opportunity to work with various
The Workshop is WAS !!!!!! intended for graduate students and scholars
studying the African diaspora, and specifically will allow a hands-on approach to
databases and their construction. Computers and databases were available for
registered participants.Graduate students at York University were assigned specific
projects as assistants in the use and modification of existing databases and in the
construction or expansion of current projects.
The on-line publication of the workshop presentations is achieved through an
interaction between text, image and database, and hence is not amenable to
traditional scholarly publication. Moreover, these presentations should be seen as
"works-in-progress" but intended to make known the range and complexity of
dababase construction that is underway in relation to the African diaspora.
Special thanks to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada for
its generous support, as well as York University, especially Founders College, the
Department of History, the Office of the Vice President (Research and Development), the
Office of the Vice President (Academic Affairs), and the Dean of the Faculty of Arts.