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Björn Egbert / Julius Erdmann / Andrés Merejo (Eds.)

Digitisation and Transformation – Society, Technology, Education


2021, [= e-culture, Band 28], 106 S., engl. zahl. Tab., Graf. und Abb., ISBN 978-3-86464-222-7, 15,80 EUR


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The scientific-publication-series e-Culture was founded at the beginning of the year 2004 by the initiative of the International Network on Cultural Diversity and New Media (CultMedia). The concern of the international network is the analysis of changes in cultural practices (such as usage patterns, usage motivations and usage situations) that are related to the application of digital and interactive media. The change in the media landscape is considered in the context of changed forms of communication, new technological application options, the realignment of media institutions and media content. The rapid development and diffusion of network-based communication in particular is leading to a comprehensive cultural change in all areas of society. This expresses itself in cultural trends and metaphors, such as the mediatisation of the everyday world and the globalisation of cultural communication and perception. It is also based on individual dimensions of maturity, responsibility and of action. The corresponding field of research must deal with the topic from different perspectives, that being different specialist disciplines.
The interdisciplinary CultMedia-network promotes research on these developments from the perspective of philosophy and cultural studies, of psychology and social science, of educational science as well as communication and information science. The research is always focussing on the question of how to assess the possibilities and effects of digital media, their technologies and infrastructures, with regard to new forms of information, communication and cooperation in the field of everyday culture.
The scientific series e-Culture serves to document and present research results concerning the tension between the so-called New Media on the one hand, and Culture on the other. It represents an interdisciplinary space of discourse for those who are working in this field.

The 28th volume of the scientific series e-Culture Digitisation and Transformation - Society, Technology, Education contains contributions from the international CultMedia conference in Santo Domingo/Dominican Republic, which was carried out under the patronage of the German Embassy in Santo Domingo at the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo (UASD) from 13 to 15 November 2019. It was held on the main topic of global transformation processes driven by digitisation with a large audience at various locations of the UASD. The choice of the Dominican Republic as conference venue represents an important step for the internationalization process of the network, as it was its first conference in Latin America. In reaction to the initiative of conference organizer Prof. Dr. Andrés Merejo (UASD), the Dominican Republic was carefully selected in order to establish and develop the international research relations of the network, as well as to support the academic and cultural exchanges between two continents: Europe and Latin America.
Regarding the conference topic, its goal was to continue and broaden the reflections of the CultMedia conference held in Prague in 2018 on the subject of Industry 4.0, Culture 2.0 and the New Media - Realities, Tendencies, Myths. The main research questions of the year 2020 were the following: How does digitisation shape current human relationships and actions? What are the interconnections between economy, politics and education within the meta-process of digitisation and what are the effects on society? Accordingly, the conference was characterized by considerations concerning increasing digitisation, globalisation and diversification of culture, economy and science. Especially the processes of communication and collaboration between individuals, machines, production systems, companies and institutions using data acquisition, data processing and data output processes were analysed from intercultural and culture specific perspectives. These were discussed as a technical, technological, economic, social, political, cultural and educational opportunity and, at the same time, as a serious challenge for the global competitiveness in economy, industry and society.
The contributions in this 28th volume of the scientific series e-Culture, which were discussed during the conference, underline the complexity of the topic in many ways, and, especially from diverse disciplinary and cultural perspectives.

The editors in January 2021
Björn Egbert, Julius Erdmann and Andrés Merejo





Editorial 7

Foreword by the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in Santo Domingo 9
Volker Pellet

Introduction 11
Björn Egbert, Julius Erdmann and Andrés Merejo

The Human Being in the World of Smart Working: Industry 4.0 17
Nicanor Ursua

‘Industry 4.0’ – Expectations and Development in Germany. A Technology Assessment Point of View 27
Gerhard Banse

Revolution 4.0 – A Step in the Right or Wrong Direction? 41
Xabier Insausti Ugarriza

The Hermeneutics and the Digital Turn of Culture 53
Edickson Minaya

Technologies 4.0 and Functional Diversity. A Social Model for Augmented Functionality 63
Roberto Feltrero & Mario Toboso

Globalisation of Media Technology and of Media Culture. General remarks and insights 77
Julius Erdmann

Goals and Realities of Teacher Education Concerning Industry 4.0 93
Björn Egbert

List of Authors 105