This research group investigates how a reorganization of scientific practices along digital principles can contribute to individual and societal self-determination. The relations between science, the individual and society are studied along the themes “impact”, “interdisciplinarity” and “iteration”. Grounded in organization theory and with a focus on qualitative research methods, the research group reflects on new knowledge practices outside and inside the Weizenbaum Institute and develops actionable insights for policy making, business and civil society.
In the topic area “impact” the tension between the growing specialization of scientific practices and the growing demand for a broadly accessible communication of scientific results is explored. Research results from this topic area provide information on how interfaces between scientific communities and their various stakeholders can be organized.
The topic area “interdisciplinarity” follows up on the assumption that knowledge about grand social challenges can be gained primarily through forms of scientific cooperation that transcend traditional disciplinary boundaries. The research findings of this topic area help to organize such hybrid knowledge practices.
The topic area “iteration” investigates how digital technologies change established workflows of knowledge production and how these changes affect the form of knowledge that is produced. In particular, this topic area examines new knowledge practices that rely on ideals of provisionality and revision. The research results of this area offer actionable insights for the use of new knowledge practices, such as Open Peer Review or Open Educational Resources.
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