Further tinkering with Cloudant and couchimport etc. today, and found this: -
This is an eighteen part training course design to introduce new users to the IBM Cloudant Database as a service. It begins with an introduction to the database, its open-source heritage and how it differs from traditional relational data stores. By the end of the course, you will have been introduced to the database's API, bulk operations, querying, aggregation, replication and much more. Some course parts include practical exercises which can be completed on IBM's free Cloudant Lite service or using a self-hosted Apache CouchDB installation.
This course is ideal for developers looking to get started with the IBM Cloudant service, or to Apache CouchDB. Ideally course participants would have a technical grounding and be familiar with HTTP and JSON.
Each video has full closed captions and links to textual version of the course.