What is ‘Informatics’ ?

The 2016-2019 study design has replaced the previous subjects ‘Information Processing and Management’ and ‘IT Applications’ with an odd new beastie, Informatics.

Rather oddly, the study design declines to actually define what the word means. So I asked Mr Google…

Informatics is the science of computer information systems. As an academic field it involves the practice of information processing, and the engineering of information systems.

The field considers the interaction between humans and information alongside the construction of interfaces organisation, technology and system. It also develops its own conceptual and theoretical foundations and utilizes foundations developed in other fields.

As such, the field of informatics has great breadth and encompasses many individual specializations, including disciplines of computer science, information system, information technology and statistics. Since the advent of computers, individuals and organizations increasingly process information digitally.

This has led to the study of informatics with computational, mathematical, biological, cognitive and social aspects, including study of the social impact of information technologies.”

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