Ethical challenges in digital research

DIGETIK is a forum consisting of information on ethical challenges in digital research within the humanities and social sciences.

The vast majority of humanities scholars use digital technologies in relation to their research activities. Be it as archival or data collection tools, publishing channels, research objects, or communications platforms. This usage of digital technologies leads to various ethical considerations – and existing guidelines are not necessarily useful in their current form.

Examples of new ethical questions and challenges related to digital research could be protection of research participants’ privacy, issues related to the distinction between what is perceived as private and public, how or when to obtain informed consent, how to present data associated with publishing, how to store data, how to share data or research results with other researchers, copy right regulations. 

DIGETIK organizes seminars and provides information on digital ethics and best practice in digital research.

The Advisory Board of DIGETIK consists of: Associate Professor Anette Grønning – SDU,  Associate Professor Jette Kofoed – AU, Professor with Special Responsibilities Niels Brügger – AU, Senior Consultant Maj Ragner Laursen – AAU.


Gudelines to ethical challenges

DIGETIK has developed a web resource containing an online database with literature that may be deemed relevant to researchers and scholars conducting digital research. This with the intention of encouraging scholars to reflect on and discuss the ethical dimensions of their digital research, while providing guidance and insight about how to deal with these issues. The web resource consists of a long list of articles, papers, books, book chapters, guidelines and journals which we believe can aid researchers and students alike.

When creating this resource, we have attempted to remain respectful and vigilant of the intention of each piece of literature, and great effort has been made to understand the intention and direction of the individual researchers. We gladly accept additional literature and proposals, and we hope that our extensive work will provide you with ideas, insight and guidance to discuss ethical issues in digital research.To utilize our online database with literature about digital ethics, click here: Ethical Challenges. The whole database with literature can also be downloaded as a pdf file here.


Last modified: August 2, 2019