Panel discussion “Calibrating science” video recording

Panel discussion “Calibrating science” video recording

in German: Podiumsdiskussion “Kalibrierung der Wissenschaft – Wohin führt uns die Digitalisierung?”, Video-Aufzeichnung

Veranstalter: PD Dr. Nicola Mößner (Leibniz Universität Hannover), Dr. Klaus Erlach (Fraunhofer IPA Stuttgart) in Kooperation mit dem Internationalen Zentrum für Kultur- und Technikforschung (IZKT) der Universität Stuttgart.

Link zur Aufzeichnung der Veranstaltung.

Ausgangspunkt der Diskussionsrunde ist die zunehmende Digitalisierung wissenschaftlicher Kommunikations- und Forschungsprozesse, die sich in der Bündelung, Evaluation und Filterung von Informationen durch webbasierte Technologien widerspiegelt. Die zentrale Fragestellung lautet: Inwiefern kann eine solche Entwicklung auch die Bewertung wissenschaftlicher Exzellenz verändern? Kritisch soll von den beteiligten ExpertInnen dabei in den Blick genommen werden, dass die Bewertungsalgorithmen, welche sich aus diesen digitalisierten Prozessen ableiten, nicht neutral, sondern in weiten Bereichen geprägt sind durch Interessen und Werte verschiedener gesellschaftlicher Gruppen und Marktteilnehmer.

Es diskutieren:
Dr. Ulrich Herb (Saarländische Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek; Projektleiter und Open Access Experte, freiberuflich seit 2011 für ./scidecode);
Dr. Angela Holzer (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft DFG, zuständig für Förderung von Open-Access-Publikationskosten; Mitarbeit im Steuerungsgremium der Schwerpunktinitiative “Digitale Information” der Allianz der Wissenschaftsorganisationen);
Dr. Wilhelm Krull (Gründungsdirektor des The New Institute, Hamburg; bis 2019 Generalsekretär der VolkswagenStiftung);
Prof. Dr. Steffen Staab (Cyber Valley Endowed Chair for Analytic Computing, Institute for Parallel and Distributed Systems, IRIS Speaker, Universität Stuttgart)

Paperback Edition “Visual Representations in Science – Concept and Epistemology”

Newly published paperback edition of:

Visual Representations in Science – Concept and Epistemology. London and New York: Routledge 2020. [DOI: 10.4324/9781315108902]

Visual representations (photographs, diagrams, etc.) play crucial roles in scientific processes. They help, for example, to communicate research results and hypotheses to scientific peers as well as to the lay audience. In genuine research activities they are used as evidence or as surrogates for research objects which are otherwise cognitively inaccessible. Despite their important functional roles in scientific practices, philosophers of science have more or less neglected visual representations in their analyses of epistemic methods and tools of reasoning in science. This book is meant to fill this gap. It presents a detailed investigation into central conceptual issues and into the epistemology of visual representations in science.

More information!

Open Access “The epistemic status of scientific visualisations”

Chapter 4 “The epistemic status of scientific visualisations” of “Visual Representations in Science – Concept and Epistemology” (Routledge 2018, pp. 209-332) is available as open access file: Please follow this link!

DOI: 10.18154/RWTH-2018-224527
Licence: CC-BY 4.0

This chapter is about the epistemic status of visual representations. Here, the epistemic capacities of visualisations will be analysed and compared to the ones of other representational means; the focus is on a comparison to the epistemic potentials of verbal statements and of numerical data in particular. The following questions will be tackled: Can visual representations transmit knowledge? Can they be proper parts of scientific arguments? What kind of knowledge – propositional or non-propositional – can they transmit and why? In what sense can they facilitate scientific understanding?

This open access publication has been made possible by a grant of the German Research Foundation (DFG). They provided the funding for my project Visualisierungen in den Wissenschaften – eine wissenschaftstheoretische Analyse (MO 2343/1-1), pursued at the Department of Philosophy at RWTH Aachen University. I would like to thank the DFG for their financial support.

Latest Article “Trusting the Media? TV News as a Source of Knowledge”

Nicola Mößner (2018): Trusting the Media? TV News as a Source of
Knowledge, in: International Journal of Philosophical Studies Vol. 26(2), pp. 205-220 DOI: 10.1080/09672559.2018.1450079

Finalist essay of the “2017 ​Robert Papazian Essay Competition

Abstract: Why do we trust TV news? What reasons might support a recipient’s assessment
of the trustworthiness of this kind of information? This paper presents a veritistic
analysis of the epistemic practice of news production and communication. The
topic is approached by discussing a detailed case study, namely the characteristics
of the most popular German news programme, called the ‘Tagesschau’. It will be
shown that a veritistic analysis can indeed provide a recipient with relevant reasons
to consider when pondering on the trustworthiness of sources of information.
Moreover, it will turn out that these reasons are part of what recipients might
gather from media literacy.