This prospective JCAA special issue aims to facilitate discussion on the theoretical and philosophical aspects of digital scholarship in archaeology as well as the implications of the use of digital technologies and computational methods across the extent of the archaeological knowledge chain: from discovery, through observation, explanation, and dissemination. How are research, synthesis, practice, and teaching within archaeology mediated and transformed by digital approaches?
I recently received an invitation to participate in a survey on attitudes on the societal relevance and utility of research conducted by a somewhat well-known Swedish consultancy Demoskop. It is obvious that research without relevance whatsoever is total waste of time but the survey is an excellent example of the difficulty and shear impossibility of asking "general" questions about this topic. The survey will undoubtedly will produce useful results for those who have paid for it.