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In the Media

Governance in the Age of Ignorance: The Role of Knowledge Infrastructures
In: G20 Leaders Summit - Global Briefing Report pp. 42-43.

The Digital Transformation of Science


The digital transformation (DT) encompasses the digitalization, connectivity and virtualization of many aspects of our social, political, economic and cultural life. As such, it influences all phases of traditional scientific research, such as the choice of research questions, the choice of samples and data, the methods of collecting and analysing data and the ways of disseminating research results. At the same time, digital technologies allow for new ways to organize and conduct collaborative research. They also affect the methods, materials and organization of teaching. Data literacy is becoming a prerequisite for researchers of all fields, not only in terms of career success, but also as a competence necessary to engage responsibly with the broader public. Data-driven approaches are likely to transcend traditional disciplinary boundaries and may even call respective delineations into question. Last, but not least, the DT not only fundamentally affects the way we conduct science. The new possibilities to collect and analyse data also raise new ethical questions. And as scientific research constitutes an integral part of knowledge production in society, the impact of the DT forces us to re-address the general question of the role of science in society.

With this project, the DIJ intends to contribute to academic research and public discourses about the impact of the DT on scientific research. We will pay special attention to data infrastructures and their consequences for scientific research within and across disciplinary and national boundaries. The project will be implemented by applying approaches from science and technology studies and from the history and philosophy of science, by reflecting upon and sharing our experience in the application of digital tools in the field of digital humanities and by fostering the exchange between scholars - especially, but not exclusively - from Japan and Germany through the organization of events and research collaborations.

Recent Publications

Waldenberger, Franz (2021). "デジタル時代における シチズン・サイエンス 市民社会と協働した人文・社会科学研究の可能性 (Citizen Science in the Digital Era Humanities in collaboration with Civil Society. Possibility of Social Science research)". NIRA Opinion Paper, 58 (pp. 1-9). LINK


DIJ 人文科学・歴史研究会
Digital Hermeneutics and the Integrative Potential of Epistemic Virtues in the Digital Humanities: From Trading Zone to Contact Zone

2023年1月26日 - 2023年1月28日
The Integrative Potential of Epistemic Virtues for the Digital Humanities

MWS Web Forum Series ‘The Digital Transformation’
Digital Humanities in the Max Weber Foundation

MWS Web Forum Series ‘The Digital Transformation’
What the D does to History - The Digital Age as a New Temporal Regime?

MWS Web Forum Series ‘The Digital Transformation’
Data Infrastructures and Open Science

Leadership in a Digital World: 
Innovative – Human – Collaborative

DIJ フォーラム
Universities in the Digital Age

– 市民社会と協働した人文・社会科学研究の可能性 –

2019年9月24日 - 2019年9月25日
The Digital Transformation - Implications for the Social Sciences and the Humanities