What are the Digital Sciences?

Why focus on the Digital Sciences?

You don’t need a Ph.D. in computer engineering to notice that digital innovations — from smart phones and apps to social media, the Internet, and sensors in our homes and in our clothes — are transforming our world at a breathtaking pace.

Typically, the professionals who create experiences across this global digital platform have been drawn from academic disciplines including Computer Science and Engineering, Information Technology, Management Information Systems, Data Science, and Human-Computer Interface.

Conferring cross-disciplinary advantages

By themselves, those disciplines are no longer enough. As the digital platform becomes more powerful, more versatile, and easier to use, additional disciplines — such as psychology, anthropology and linguistics — play an increasingly central role in digital innovation and the development of digital solutions to the multitude of human problems. Today’s Digital Sciences student, and future professional, must be fluent in a variety of interdisciplinary approaches and experienced in the art of collaboration.

As the scope of the digital platform expands, the work itself is becoming more engaging, drawing people with an ever-wider variety of interests. Employers in businesses, organizations and government agencies are especially interested in meeting learners with broad abilities — critical thinking, creative problem solving, collaboration and communication — to go along with their technical skills.

What is the UNE Digital Learning Community?

The UNE Digital Learning Community brings together employers, faculty, staff and students from across the university and the region to explore, promote, and deliver learning opportunities that will help current and future students prepare for high-demand careers in digital, computing, and data professions. This is the place where we’re gathering resources and sharing knowledge about digital innovations that help contribute to personal, community, business, and global health.

Our goal is to help current and future UNE students, of all ages, gain the 21st-century skills they need to succeed as digital problem-solvers in their personal and professional lives — in business, health, government, non-profit and public settings.

You can learn more and join the community

UNE is promoting this interdisciplinary approach and the many ways digital science skills are used in academics, projects, and research throughout the university and in our region. We look forward to sharing out ideas and experiences here at UNE over the coming months and years.