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Formal Definitions

  • Informatics is the science of information. It studies the representation, processing, and communication of information in natural and artificial systems. Since computers, individuals and organizations all process information, informatics has computational, cognitive and social aspects. Michael Fourman, 2002, Informatics Research Report





  • The term informatics was first coined by Dreyfus in March 1962 to refer to "the application of computers to store and process information" (Forman, 2002). Dreyfus coined the French term informatique along with its translations -- informatics (English), informatik (German), and informatica (Italian/Spanish) (Forman, 2002).


  • Informatics = information + -ics using the accepted form for the names of sciences and practices such as optics, economics, politics, etc.


  • Informatics phonologically combines 'information' and 'automatic' which "strengthen's its semantic appeal" Forman, 2002).

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