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On April 9, 2014 a strategy-workshop was held in the context of the RWTH profile area ICT on the subject of the intersection of computing and the disciplines of the humanities and social sciences. About 30 heads of RWTH Aachen University institutes and chairs of all research areas followed the invitation of Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Sabina Jeschke (IMA/ZLW & IfU, Fak. IV) as host of this event. 


The keynote "eHumanities – From Big Data and Digital Technologies to New and/or Enhanced Methods in Humanities and Social Sciences" was followed by an open space discussion on the subject of ways for an interdisciplinary collaboration in this field.The core of the final plenary debate was the classification of the terminologies "digital humanities" / "eHumanities" in a narrower sense up to a wider understanding as "digital societies" / "eSocieties". In addition to the humanities the term digital societies also contains the research fields of the social and human sciences respectively their applications in the context of the planning, medical and engineering sciences. For the further interdisciplinary collaboration a process has been initiated to identify already existing substantial and conceptual intersections in this field and to start new concerted activities.