Nice to meet you. I'm Jason, an academic librarian, data scientist, designer, and open data advocate at the University of Nebraska where I lead initiatives in digital engagement.

I promote making openness the norm in innovation and research and am passionate about building deep creative partnerships that bring together diverse disciplines and expertise. I am an open project lead for Endangered Data Week, and work with organizations like Mode Shift Omaha, UNO’s Center for Urban Sustainability, Stanford University’s Spatial History Project, BlogWest, and Data for Democracy.

You can find me on Twitter, Github, LinkedIn, and Medium. Feel free to email me at jason@jasonheppler.org. If it’s a sensitive email, you can grab my public key for that address or reach me at jason.heppler@protonmail.com. I’m also jaheppler on Keybase.

Upcoming Public Appearances

"'Piecemeal, Patchwork, Prop-Up': Urban Planning and Environmental Change in Postwar Silicon Valley" · You Are Here Conference, Omaha, Nebraska: March 2018

"Integrating Space and Place in the Undergraduate Experience" · You Are Here Conference, Omaha, Nebraska: March 2018

"Shaping the Digital Humanities: UNL Alumni" · Digital Humanities Forum, Lincoln, Nebraska: April 2018

"Six Shooters Lightning Round" · Western History Association, San Antonio, Texas: October 2018

Recent Writing

Select Projects

Most of my work sits at the intersection of digital humanities, data science, and design. Below are a select few.

Endangered Data Week Endangered Data Week · Raising awareness about threats to public data. #deletefacebook #deletefacebook · Scraping Twitter to explore trends in #deletefacebook. Mobile Community Archives Mobile Community Archives · Partnering with community archives throughout the Great Plains. American Indian Digital History Project American Indian Digital History Project · Digitizing Indigenous newspapers, photographs, and archival materials from all across Native North America. Mapping Omaha Bikes Mapping Omaha Bikes · Mapping the most dangerous areas in the city for bicyclists and pedestrians. Western Federal Lands Western Federal Lands · Visualizing the federal government's holdings of Western land. Marriage of Thames and Rhine Marriage of Thames and Rhine · An interactive narrative of the journey of the court of Prince-Elector Friedrich Wilhelm. Collaboration with Molly Taylor-Poleskey. Machines in the Valley: Growth, Conflict, and Environmental Politics in Silicon Valley Machines in the Valley: Growth, Conflict, and Environmental Politics in Silicon Valley · The digital component of my PhD dissertation using spatial history and digital narrative to explore the environmental history of Silicon Valley. Prussian Foodstuffs Prussian Foodstuffs · Exploring changes in taste among food items at the palace in Königsberg, Prussia during the reign of Friedrich Wilhelm. Collaboration with Molly Taylor-Poleskey. Chinese computing Chinese computing · Visualizing what Chinese writing looks like in the 21st century. Collaboration with Tom Mullaney. The First Draft The First Draft · Discussions about higher education, digital humanities, technology, games, and learning. Hosted by Elijah Meeks, Jason Heppler & Paul Zenke. Wars of the United States Wars of the United States · Visualizing the wars of the United States, emphasizing the regional exertion of power in the nation's history. Overanalyze Overanalyze · Three historians discuss history and popular culture. Hosted by Robert Jordan, Andy Wilson, and Jason Heppler. Geography of the Post Geography of the Post · Visualizing the spread of 14,000 post offices in the nineteenth-century American West. Collaboration with Cameron Blevins. William F. Cody Archive William F. Cody Archive · Digitizing the papers of William F. Cody. What is Digital Humanities? What is Digital Humanities? · Perpetual answers to the perpetual question.

Find lots more on Github, bl.ocks, and Observable.