Society is permeated with developments that have become possible due to digital technology. This digitalisation brings an infinite number of possibilities but also risks and threats and raises major societal questions. Since technological and social developments go hand-in-hand with digitalisation, the NWO Domain Social Sciences and Humanities is publishing three new calls in the area of digitalisation this spring. From the perspective of different starting points, underlying agendas, partners and agenda structure, the calls strengthen each other and cover a large part of the digital research domain. Now, more than ever, digitalisation is on the agenda.
Advance notice call ‘NWO Open Competition for Digitalisation – SSH
With the call for proposals ‘NWO Open Competition for Digitalisation–SSH’, NWO is realising part of the Domain Plan Social Sciences & Humanities (previously called Sector Plan SSH, see www.sectorplan-ssh.nl) – of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. Amongst other things, the domain plan recognises the urgent need to tackle major societal challenges posed by Big Data, artificial intelligence and social media. Considerable attention is also paid to questions related to scientific practice: how can social sciences and humanities respond to these new developments in a responsible manner? And how can the field realise more structural collaboration across disciplinary boundaries?