Transforming Data Management at Duckworth Laboratory using Claris FileMaker.


Data Management Tool


What was the solution?

We Know Data responded with a solution that was both elegant and effective using Claris FileMaker. The core of the solution was a custom-designed database that centralised all collection item data. This wasn’t just about digitising existing records; it was about creating a system that brought clarity and ease to the management of one of the world’s most significant human remains collections.

Key features

  • Centralised Data Repository: A single, accessible source for all collection data.
  • User-Friendly Interface: Designed for ease of use, ensuring that staff at all levels could quickly adapt.
  • Advanced Research Request Management: Enabling the team to efficiently handle and group collection items for research purposes.
  • Web Portal for Public Access: Aligning with government regulations to make the collection more publicly accessible.


Duckworth Data Management Tool

How did our work make a difference?

The transformation at Duckworth Laboratory, facilitated by We Know Data, is best understood through the tangible outcomes and statistics that emerged post-implementation:

  • Operational Efficiency: The laboratory experienced a significant improvement in operational efficiency, with processes that previously took hours now being completed in minutes.
  • Data Management: The centralised database system reduced data handling time by a remarkable percentage, simplifying and streamlining the management of thousands of collection items.
  • Staff Satisfaction: The ease of use and efficiency of the new system led to a noticeable improvement in staff satisfaction, and reduced workplace stress.
  • Regulatory Compliance: The solution seamlessly aligned with government regulations, making the collection more accessible to the public and scholars alike.
  • Scalability and Flexibility: The system’s design not only catered to the current needs of the laboratory, but also provided the flexibility to accommodate future expansion and modifications.

Key facts and figures.

Number of spreadsheets no longer needed:


Faster data handling:


Time taken to find an artefact record compared to pre database:

5 mins - 30 secs

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