Digital Arts, Sciences, and Humanities

What is DASH?

The Digital Arts, Sciences, & Humanities (DASH) program supports faculty and students looking to employ digital methodologies and technologies in their research, engagement, and teaching. DASH connects scholars with its campus-spanning network of technology experts to advance digital projects at the University of Minnesota.

Each of our partners contributes a range of expertise which allows us to provide support to the University of Minnesota community. The DASH program offers consultations on using digital technologies in research, consultations on teaching with technology, web-hosting infrastructure, workshops, customized training, and more.

Need support for using digital technology in your scholarship and don’t know where to start?

Write us at [email protected] and we’ll help.

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Events and News

The Unix Shell (online) - Register
Tuesday, March 1, 2022. 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. 
Learn the basics of file systems and the Unix shell. The shell is a tool that allows you to do complex things with just a few keystrokes. More importantly, it helps you to combine existing programs in new ways and automate repetitive tasks. Use of the shell is fundamental to using a wide range of other powerful tools and computing resources (including “high-performance computing” supercomputers). These lessons will start you on a path towards using these resources effectively. (View curriculum)

Databases and SQL (online) - Register
Tuesday and Wednesday, March 22 and 23, 2022. 9:00 - 11:30 a.m. 
This session focuses on using databases and SQL for search and analysis of large or complex data sets. Learn to write queries in SQL, which stands for “Structured Query Language”. SQL provides hundreds of different ways to analyze and recombine data. We will only look at a handful of queries, but that handful accounts for most of what scientists do. (View curriculum)

Data Cleaning with OpenRefine (online) - Register
Tuesday, March 29, 2022. 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
OpenRefine is a powerful open-source tool to help you work with messy data. We’ll show you how to explore and transform datasets using facets, filters, and clustering tools in OpenRefine. Researchers can take advantage of OpenRefine’s flexible spreadsheet-like interface in a reproducible and extensible framework. No previous experience is required. (View curriculum)

Software Carpentry: Programming with Python, The Unix Shell, and Version Control with Git (in-person) - Register
Wednesday and Thursday, April 13 - 14, 2022. 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Andersen Library, Room 120 (UMN West Bank)

This hands-on two-day workshop will cover core computational research skills needed to be productive as an individual scientist or in small research teams. Participants will learn how to automate tasks using the Unix shell, will be introduced to the Python programming language, and will gain experience using Git and Github for version control. No previous programming experience is required! (View curriculum: PythonUnixGit)

R for Reproducible Scientific Analysis (online) - Register
Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, April 18 - 20, 2022. 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
This workshop series will introduce modular code and best practices for using R for data analysis. R is commonly used in many scientific disciplines for statistical analysis and its array of third-party packages. These workshops provide a strong foundation in the fundamentals of R, and introduce reading and manipulating data in data frames, creating data plots in ggplot2, and more. (View curriculum)


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