SSRC's Digital Culture Program supports activities that examine the role of technology in social science research, in the circulation and distribution of information, and in the shaping of cultural and political systems, serving the organization's core aims to deepen and democratize knowledge. Preliminary activities of the Digital Culture program have been organized within the following categories, each designed to pinpoint pressing issues and possible points of intervention in the changing scholarly landscape.

Curating Knowledge Under Digital Conditions brings together representatives from the publishing world, scholarly societies, university administration, and archival institutions in order to discuss the principles, standards, and practices that should govern editorial curation. From these meetings emerged questions on democratizing access while maintaining quality, expanding the definition of scholarship to include data curation itself, expanding publishing models and modes, and creating sustainable repositories for the archiving of born-digital sources.

Digital Social Science explores the use of large-scale data sets, access to proprietary data, and the ethics and practicalities of sharing data without infringing on intellectual property or human privacy rights, all while exposing new opportunities to use machine learning to better address issues of public concern through social science methods.

Transparency, Access, & Reliability examines models for and methodological questions on sharing scholarship to broader publics, increasing access to research, and ensuring confidence in research reliability.

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

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