The Digital Culture program explores the ways in which digital transformations are reshaping scholarly knowledge in general, and the social sciences in particular. Guided by an advisory committee drawn from a diverse set of experiences and institutions, the program is mobilizing working groups around three current areas of interest. The first considers issues of curation—the impact of digitization on the ecosystem of scholarly publishing and the challenge of increasing access to knowledge while deepening its quality. A second thread focuses on emerging social science practices that use “big data” or digital tools like data visualization, and the practical and ethical concerns that accompany such work. A third strand explores how to broaden, in ways consistent with the goals and methods of diverse research communities, the transparency of social science research in order to strengthen its reliability and capacity to serve as a public good. The program supports publications and public debate, including an online forum devoted to the program’s core concerns, which will be launched in summer 2016.

Photo credit: "Macro Computer Circuit Board #1" [cropped] by Randy Pertiet / CC BY 2.0.

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