Journalism, representation and the public sphere

Title chapter:The digitization of science. Remarks on the alteration of academic practice
Author:Leif Kramp
Keywords: digitization, mediatization, transformation, data security, science communication, plagiarism
Abstract:Digitization changes academic practice fundamentally: With the proliferation of the Internet, the exhaustive expansion of broadband networks and the implementation of efficient transmission, storage and analysis technologies, research and development, teaching and studying have already undergone a profound transformation process. Empirical research can be conducted more effectively and efficiently than ever: using digital technology, complex study designs can be implemented quickly and collaboratively. The analysis of 'big data', visualization techniques, globally coordinated research projects: Here, digitization undoubtedly enriches academic practice. Also in the field of teaching and learning, digitization offers assistance, e.g. in the form of e-learning features, and enables the implementation of new forms of communication. On the other hand, E-Publishing has already changed the perception of science and the way scholars communicate among each other and the public. The following remarks focus on some profound alterations in academic practice that can be attributed to the impact of digitization, and have consequences - among others - for the career opportunities of young scholars, but also downsides that threaten academic integrity.
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