Niels Ole Finnemann
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Hypertext Configurations: Genres in networked Digital Media.
Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology.
Video of Keynote DOCAM'13,
Tromsø University June 21, 2013:
My Research Perspective
In the early 21th century the processes of digitization of culture and society has entered a new phase. On the one hand, digital media is today used all over. We scan the world from outer space to the body's interior. On the other hand, a still growing number of people participate in the daily production of digital materials. In the years to come, we can expect that a rapidly growing part of society articulate itself and is reflected in the increasing number of digital genres of digital media platforms. We get more and more diverse digital materials spread over more and more diverse, more customized digital media. We will also have a growing variety of search and presentation tools. Digital born materials thus becomes an increasingly important, often unique historical source material. This development presents challenges for selection, curation, preservation, analysis and dissemination of knowledge in all disciplines. It challenges our concepts of computers and digital media since a growing part of digital materials are messy and non-parametric which does not fit with the dominating 20-century concepts of parametric data stored in well-ordered relational databases. It also challenges our archive and library systems, which have historically been built up around the more stable and localized written and printed sources.
Thus fundamental questions are raised about how we can describe the swelling and heterogeneous data materials and how we should organize the 21st century knowledge resources and knowledge dissemination? The study of digital materials will develop into a field in its own right.