Digital Limitations in Danish Research

In partnership with DIGHUMLAB, DeiC completed a national survey in autumn 2014 on the ‘utilization of digital resources in Danish research’. The survey received responses from around 1,000 participants from a comprehensive range of academic environments.

The survey focused in particular on the needs of the individual researchers/research groups to:

  • Draw on resources to analyse large datasets or problems
  • Collect, store and share research data
  • Reinforce their own competencies in the field of digital methods.

The survey findings appear in the following documents:

By way of inspiration, we have established a number of general tendencies based on the data collected:

Begrænsende digitaliserings-faktorer i dansk forskning

Figure 1: Limiting digitalization factors in Danish research. The figure is based on the findings of a national survey conducted at the eight universities in Denmark. Source: http://www.deic.dk/survey_eScience_2014

Natural Sciences (142 responses)

50% think that their work is limited by the performance of their computers

54% view software as restricting their research

42% experience problems storing data

53% lack digital skills

Technical Sciences (111 responses)

51% think that their work is limited by the performance of their computers

24% view software as restricting their research

33% experience problems storing data

27% lack digital skills

Health Sciences (145 responses)

59% think that their work is limited by the performance of their computers

49% view software as restricting their research

45% experience problems storing data

65% lack digital skills

Social Sciences (182 responses)

68% think that their work is limited by the performance of their computers

63% view software as restricting their research

56% experience problems storing data

54% lack digital skills

Humanities (317 responses)

74% think that their work is limited by the performance of their computers

95% view software as restricting their research

96% experience problems storing data

54% lack digital skill