We are living in a knowledge society these days. Knowledge – along with physical activity such as immunoassay development, capital, and mineral resources – are increasingly important resources. They contribute to innovation and the functioning of democracies and also help countries to remain competitive on a worldwide scale. However, science, which makes significant contributions to the production of knowledge, is increasingly faced with new challenges.
The role that science plays in an increasingly digital and fragmented society, in addition to its significance for civil society and politics, will be redefined on a continuous basis. Science can never provide a completely objective representative of our world or universal truth. However, it can provide methodologically verifiable interpretations as well as trigger reflections and question certainties. Science plays an important role in society and also bears a lot of responsibility in unclear situations. So how can existing disputes and uncertainties be clearly communicated by science but still avoid the feeling of arbitrariness?
Interactions between society and science ensure that knowledge is reflected, tested, and exchange between different interest groups. Often these interactions are called knowledge transfer. As an example, knowledge transfer can describe when certain technologies draw on prior research or when medical research gets applied in a practice.
Science and Society FAQs
Is society needed by science?
In today’s society, knowledge has become an increasingly important resource. Science makes a significant contribution to knowledge production and therefore helps countries remain competitive within the global economy, drives innovation, and contributes to the functioning of democracy.
Science can never provide an objective representation of our world or universal truths. However, it can trigger reflection and question conditions of validity. Science, therefore, plays an important role in society.
How does science impact society?
Science communication’s social effects – or the consequences of the communication relationship between society and science – are referred to as the Impact of Science. There is a distinction made between external and internal (within academia) impact. Frequently internal impact is measured in publication metrics form. The impact of Science cannot be broken down into quantitative numbers and is highly complex.
Can the impact of science be measured?
Measuring science’s impact has significant limitations and is complex. The important thing is that a combination of methods is used including both quantitative and qualitative evaluation processes to measure scientific research’s social relevance. Both empirical and theoretical potential measurement indicators are investigated by the IMPAQT research project.
The Alt-metric Score
These are tools that are used to measure the amount of attention received by a scientific publication online. The software is offered by the company Alt-metric, which belongs to the Digital Science Group, and a possible alt-metrics example. Alt-metric has a tool that visually displays the amount of attention received by a scientific paper on various media online.
Many regard the Altmetric score as a measurement of social relevance and therefore an indicator of impact. However, the Altmetric score doesn’t provide a clear indication of a particular research’s social relevance.
What problems are associated with measuring the impact of science?
It is difficult and diffuse to measure the impact of Science. That is because it takes a very long time for the impact to set in and during this period the perspective of the measurability and measurement indicators can change significantly.