Welcome to Heurist

Heurist is a sophisticated eResearch tool for managing web bookmarks, references, notes, and a wide range of research data. Designed for individual or collaborative use, it may at first appear puzzling - why, for instance, is the home page just a search - but it will all become clear if you persist a bit.

We strongly recommend that you click Take the Tour to get oriented. Please also visit Help (link at top right) - don't ignore it until you have a problem, as users generally find it quite approachable and very, very helpful.

Heurist is a stable system running several major web sites (see Example Collections once you've logged in). It is also a system in rapid development, so if you have suggestions we want to hear them. You may be surprised how quickly your suggestions pop up in the software.

We are also very happy to provide advice - from simple email assistance
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HeuristScholar.org, a Collaborative KnowledgeSpace (CKS) for Humanities scholars

HEURIST (HeuristScholar.org)

Heurist captures and manages all your web bookmarks, bibliographic references, personal notes and a host of other specialised data types (expandable) in a simple, searchable web interface, available anywhere. Easily and quickly find, capture and share relevant information, organise information resources and publish teaching/research project web site content automatically.
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Integrated bibliography and notes:
All your web/bibliographic references, with notes attached, will be in one place and easily searchable and reusable. From anywhere in the world!
Remember information:
You should never again lose your web bookmarks or spend time looking for a reference or web page you visited previously. Once seen, never forgotten.
Organise your resources:
Bookmarks, notes and references can be tagged (keyworded) to link them to your projects, courses, topics, administrative units etc., and retrieved by tag.
Dynamic content:
Class readings, project web pages, annotated links pages and bibliographies can be dynamically generated from the database. Add a reference and all your web pages are immediately updated.
Social bookmarking:
Find new references, share them with colleagues, find out who else shares your interests, and find out what references are rated highly by people in a particular field.
Flexible entity definitions
Heurist can handle a wide variety of other entities - research projects, grants, researchers, methods, thesis topics, historical events, C14 dates etc. - and can store spatial objects and uploaded files, making it an ideal platform for making databases of almost anything! If you want to add a new entity type/fields to an existing entity type, contact the development team (new entity types can be added in minutes).

The T1000 database wizard allows you to build stable, well-structured, easily modified web database applications in minutes without any knowledge of database programming. Databases generated with the T1000 wizard use portable, open-source software (MySQL and PHP) and automatically support passworded access, validated input, file upload, coordinates and web mapping, free text searching, pre-defined lookups, one-to-many and many-to-many relationships, delivery of data as a web service, RSS feeds - all without any extra work on your part. They can run on the Heurist server, or be downloaded and copied onto your server. T1000 provides the core functionality of Heurist and all our other online database applciations.

Special databases

We have developed a small number of special-purpose databases, some of which are simply specialised views of the Heurist database. These currently include:

Student topics database

Seminars and events

Assets and loans tracker

Job tracking system

Timesheets system

Others will be developed as required or requested.
Heurist and T1000 have been developed by a team at the Archaeological Computing Laboratory , University of Sydney, under the direction of Ian Johnson, for use by all members of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHASS) and other interested academics. The project is funded by the Research Institute For Humanities and Social Sciences (RIHSS), the Faculty of Arts and the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry (SOPHI)