News Item | 08. September 2022

"How data contribute to the research process" – NFDI4Culture hosts a panel discussion at the annual conference of the German Society of Media Studies in Halle (Saale)

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In the era of digitisation, media studies research is increasingly both data-driven and data-generating. Media studies scholars not only work with external data that is generated in the course of developing and using digital media and technologies, but also produce data themselves as part of such work processes. Similar to the infrastructures and tools we use in the discipline, the data often remain in latency and their role in the research process is often not sufficiently reflected and made visible. In this regard, quite a bit hinges on the participation or collaboration of data in media studies research. Regardless of the subject matter, the transformation of media studies into digital media studies seems to be progressing.

On the one hand, this affects the discipline and its methods of working on a practical level: media scholars are increasingly concerned with the planning, organization, and implementation of research projects, reflecting on the legal or ethical implications of data collection and re-use, and increasingly considering the technical dimension of the research process as a data life cycle. On the other hand, the crucial question of how media studies deals with data affects the understanding of the discipline in a fundamental way. For this reason, in the future we will also have to address the question of what we as media studies scholars understand under the term data. This perspective, inspired not least by Johanna Drucker, can be seen as a reaction to the change in media studies working methods due to the entry of data and digital technologies into a primarily qualitative humanities discipline, which sees itself increasingly exposed to quantitative methods, which ultimately also affects media studies theory formation.

Against this background, NFDI4Culture will hold a panel discussion at the annual conference of the Gesellschaft für Medienwissenschaft (Society for Media Studies) in Halle (Saale), which is dedicated to the topic of "work" this year. Moderated by Prof. Dr. Malte Hagener (Institute for Media Studies at the Philipps University of Marburg, co-spokesperson of Task Area 6 of NFDI4Culture), the panel discussion will focus on addressing and identifying at which points in the research process and in which ways data play a role in media studies questions, methods, theories, objects, and findings. How does working with and on data change the ways of working in the discipline and what conditions of working in the sense of a "mental workload" must be created in order to be able to adequately conduct research with and on data in the future?

In the course of the discussion, different perspectives will be brought up: In addition to the participation of two working groups of the German Society for Media Studies (AG Daten und NetzwerkeDr. Marcus Burkhardt, Universität Siegen; AG Medien und Kunst / Kunst und MedienDr. Irene Schütze, Kunsthochschule Mainz), there will be a consideration of legal aspects (PD Dr. Dr. Grischka Petri, FIZ Karlsruhe/NFDI4Culture), media studies approaches (Prof. Dr. Anna Tuschling, Institute for Media Studies, Ruhr University Bochum), and a view from an infrastructural perspective (Dr. Dietmar Kammerer, Institute for Media Studies, Philipps University Marburg/NFDI4Culture).

The panel discussion will take place in presence on Sept. 30, 2022, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (slot "Mental Workload 2.4") in Lecture Hall B at the Melanchthonianum, Universitätsplatz 9, 06108 Halle (Saale).