The central objective of the CAIS Research Incubator is to promote cross-disciplinary networking and interdisciplinary collaboration in an innovative framework for science and research. In a first iteration, relevant research topics for the research programs were systematically identified between 2019 and 2021, and processes were developed and tested in which the research programs are carried out.
The topic identification process is characterized by a continuous alternation between collecting and condensing findings and is oriented to the Double Diamond, a framework structure for innovation according to the UK Design Council. An elementary part of this is the structured change of perspective by alternately opening and closing the process, i.e. the targeted consideration of both quantitative and qualitative aspects in an iterative and participative process.
“Even before the research begins, it is important for us to see which topics are important to people. What do experts say, but also what moves citizens in the area of digitization?”
Dr. Josephine B. Schmitt,
In a structured process, we are sounding out potentially important topics for digitization research at CAIS. From these, the topics for the CAIS research programs will emerge starting in 2021.
CAIS surveyed scientific experts in NRW in a Delphi study. The results will help to organize future research in the field of digitalization and artificial intelligence.
Automated text analysis
To find clues to potentially important topics in digitization research, CAIS conducted an automated content analysis of trend-setting text documents. An insight into the process and the findings.
With a view to the content-related and organizational design of interdisciplinary research programs, expert discussions were held with researchers at CAIS.
In a clearly structured process, we sound out topics for the research programs and research projects of CAIS. One of the final building blocks for this is the implementation of a broad-based online survey.
Digital Topic Sprints and Citizen Science
As an important part of the topic identification process for the CAIS research programs, the topic sprints are a participatory format at the end of the clearly structured process.
The diversity and dynamics of digital change are also affecting the science system. How is science responding to the associated upheavals? To what extent can citizens be involved in the research process and can their needs be taken into account? How can topics be identified and innovative research questions developed? How can results be shared with societal actors in a practical way in order to highlight problematic developments and enable rapid reactions?