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Funder to analyse digitisation impact on science

The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Germany’s largest public research funder, has set up an expert commission to try and understand the future of science in the digital age.

The 11-member commission, which held its first meeting in Bonn on 26 October, comprises representatives from science, business and the online world. It is tasked with analysing the digital transformation in the sciences and inform the DFG’s position.

“The ever-increasing and wider use of digital technologies in science and their broader implications for the basic processes, principles and frameworks of science require a differentiated and precise analysis and reflective approach that will serve all branches of science,” said DFG president Peter Strohschneider, the chairman of the commission, in a statement on the same day. He added that the commission would look at digitisation “in all its technical, legal, financial…and ethical aspects”.

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