Informatics

March 1, 2011

The term informatics covers a wide spectrum of areas.  Let us begin with the definition from none other than wikipedia:

"Informatics is the science of information, the practice of information processing, and the engineering of information systems. Informatics studies the structure, algorithms, behavior, and interactions of natural and artificial systems that store, process, access and communicate information. It also develops its own conceptual and theoretical foundations and utilizes foundations developed in other fields. Since the advent of computers, individuals and organizations increasingly process information digitally. This has led to the study of informatics that has computational, cognitive and social aspects, including study of the social impact of information technologies."

Part of what I want to communicate through this blog is my experience working in the field of informatics.  Until recently, I would not have even called myself an informatician, but the more familiar I became with the field, the more I understood that it is what I am.  To me, informatics is simply working with information.  Sure, the wikipedia definition wins the competition for most words in the definition, but mine is simpler and there is definitely something to be said about The Power Of Simplicity.  As simple as my definition is, the field is very complicated for a variety of reasons.  I'll be posting more about informatics in the future and including some practical examples of the trials and tribulations of an informatician. I'm sure you can hardly wait. 

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Frank DeFalco has worked as software developer and informatics professional since 1996.  He is currently employed by Johnson & Johnson where he manages the Health Informatics Center of Excellence.

 

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