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Some people claim that, like the Soviet Union in Alexei Yurchak´s book, the old school academia is becoming meaningless, as the knowledge and information are becoming increasingly digitalized. The internet has developed in the recent years so much, that we can see its effects everywhere. The opportunities it gives for communication and sharing information (or misinformation) effect also the academic world.

The aim of this workshop is to discuss the different opportunities and challenges the digitalization poses for researchers in the academic world. What is the role of our research in the world where information is mostly searched, found and consumed in digital form? Internet based open data, open access publication, sharing research information and data and organizing web courses are aspects of the present day world that are opening up new opportunities for higher quality research. Simultanenously they include questions to be solved.

Where can we find open data? How to use it effectively? How reliable it is? What remains as “closed data”? If we leave the open data for politicians to analyze, what kind of information we will get?

Does open access publication undermine the reliability of research? Or are property right publications just earning money with the knowledge provided by the money of the society?

Would it be possible to share insights, information or even research data in a more effective way? Or does the competition between the scholars prevent in practice the opportunities to cumulate knowledge?

What opportunities web-based teaching provides? Who owns the course and how the lecturer should be paid for a repeated course or lecture?

Could we seek some concrete ways to respond the challenge?

Everybody interested is warmly welcome!


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Organizers: Markus Kainu, Freek van der Vet, Mila Oiva