DASH Workshop Series
Open Data and Civic Technology
Video Games in Teaching and Research
Data Arts
Critical Code Studies
DASH in the Classroom
Telling Stories With Data
The Changing Practices of Dissertation Creation

DASH Workshop Series

Below are recordings from the DASH Workshop Series, held over the course of six weeks in the Fall of 2014. All materials from the Workshop, including notes, powerpoints, and handouts, are available here.

Open Data and Civic Technology
November 12, 2014

Earlier this year, President Obama announced the second “National Day of Hacking,” an event designed to encourage and facilitate the building of projects that could make communities large and small better through open data and civic technology. Just a week after the midterm elections, this month’s DASH event brings together people from across the University of Minnesota community to talk about the challenges, opportunities, and possibilities of this kind of work.

Amy Springer, Government Documents Librarian, University Libraries
Alex Fink, PhD Student (Social Work) and Founder, Open Knowledge Podcast
Bill Bushey, Open Twin Cities
Kristen Murray, Center for Urban and Regional Affairs and CURA:Tech

Video Games in Teaching and Research
September 24, 2014

Our first 2014-15 DASH event featured four speakers on how they study and use video games in their work:

  • Sky Anderson (PhD student, Communication Studies)
  • Jonathan Clemens (PhD Student, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine)
  • Niloufar Hadidi (Associate Professor, School of Nursing)
  • Kenneth Shores (PhD student, Computer Science and Engineering)

Each speaker gave an overview of their work, how researchers studying video games more generally characterize their work, and how it intersects with other departments and disciplines. Then, as part of a larger group discussion, heard perspectives from multiple disciplines about the information, technology, and collaborative barriers to this kind work.

Data Arts
April 15, 2014

The April DASH focused on "Data Arts," visual and sonic creations that respond to, take inspiration from, and interpret data of all kinds in unique and unexpected ways. From global warming to glitch, fMRIs to flight data, the event explored this other dimension of the so-called data deluge.

  • Steven Hammer, Visual Artist
  • Jan Estep, Professor, Photography
  • Scott St. George (Assistant Professor, Geography), Mike Duffy (Music), and Daniel Crawford (Undergraduate, Geography)

Thanks to Joe Hinz and Karen Hasselman for video help!

Critical Code Studies
March 27, 2014

Critical Code Studies is in its broadest terms the "extra-functional significance of code." It takes as a starting point that code (HTML, Java, Python, binary, etc) is not objective or neutral, but that, since it is created within a social system by humans, it is subject to critical reading along the lines of race, class, gender, sexuality, disability, and ethnicity. Is there such a thing, for example, as a feminist code or postcolonial code? In thinking through these ideas, critical code studies takes seriously the notion of code as a very different "text" than is commonly the subject of these analyses, and explores this space between machine reading and human reading of code.

This DASH event brought together members of the campus community invested in the stakes of code and coding. It featured:

  • Arvid Nelsen: Head of Library Collections, Charles Babbage Institute
  • Chris Lindgren, PhD Candidate, Writing Studies
  • Alison Link, Academic Technologist, Extension
  • Jeff Kerzner, Masters Student, Computer Science

DASH in the Classroom
January 29, 2014

Our first DASH Inspiration event of 2014 featured faculty and instructors who use digital tools and methodologies to enhance and transform their pedagogy. They will talk about tools used in classrooms, tools created in classrooms, the challenges in doing so, and what new opportunities these tools and methodologies offered students.


  • Michael Hancher (Department of English) - eMargin and Collaborative Text Annotation
  • Brad Hosack and Nate Edwards from the LTMediaLab (Learning Technologies, CEHD) - Flipgrid
  • Thomas Nelson (Department of Physics) - Zooniverse in the Classroom
  • Ilene Alexander (Center for Teaching and Learning)

Alan Palazzolo Talk: "Telling Stories With Data"
November 21, 2013

Guest speaker Alan Palazzolo discusses his data visualization and infographics work as the Interactive Developer for MinnPost. In addition to going through a project completed with MinnPost, from initial dataset to final visualization, highlighting the creative and practical decisions made along the way, he also discusses specific web-based tools that can be used for your own data visualization projects.

The Changing Practices of Dissertation Creation
October 24, 2013

A panel discussion featuring faculty and staff from across the University, this event focused on the changing norms of dissertation creation and publication, including wealth of new options available to graduate students and what kinds of technical, disciplinary, and ideological challenges they may face.

  • Donna Gabaccia (History faculty)
  • Brent Hecht (Computer Science faculty)
  • Benjamin Klein (Music Composition graduate student)
  • Stacia Madsen (Academic Support Resources, Coordinator of Doctoral Degree Services)
  • Justin Schell (Moderator, Digital Humanities Specialist)