This help will assist you in using the Heurist open source, academic knowledge-management system to quickly create and populate databases, analyse datasets in multiple ways, and publish to external media. For additional help, refer to the Heurist website.

Main Tabs

The Heurist User Interface is structured into three main tabs that match a typical researcher's requirements:


This is where you can create a database, set its properties and optionally register it. You can then build the database structure (by defining or importing record types, field types, terms etc.) and visualise/tailor its structure via an interactive network diagram. An Administration dashboard provides access to more advanced database administration tasks.

Add Data

This is where you can populate a database. Once you have created a database structure, you (or your team members) can start adding data to the database: either manually (by creating new records based on your defined record types) or by importing data through a range of import wizards.


This is where you can create and save filters to produce data subsets, which you can then analyse via a range of views (including integrated maps/timeline and network diagrams), and publish via custom reports.


This provides access to options to set your user preferences and to manage database access.

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