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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1967, translating Russian informatika (1966), from information; also see -ics.


n. (context computing English) A branch of information science and of computer science that focuses on the study of information processing and particularly as respect to systems integration and human interactions with machine and data.


n. the sciences concerned with gathering and manipulating and storing and retrieving and classifying recorded information [syn: information science, information processing, IP]


Informatics is the science of information and 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, organisations, technologies and systems. 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 systems, 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.

Informatics (disambiguation)

Informatics, broad academic field encompassing information management and computing technologies, including applications in science, social science, and the arts

Informatics also refers to:

  • Computing, any goal-oriented activity requiring, benefiting from, or creating computers
  • Computer science, theoretical study of algorithms, information and computation
  • Information science, interdisciplinary study of the processing, management, and retrieval of information
  • Informatics engineering
  • Information technology, study, design, development, implementation, support, or management of computer-based information systems

Usage examples of "informatics".

Eric Neumann, a member of both the Bio-Ontologies and BioPathways consortia, is a neuroscientist who is now vice president for life science informatics at the consulting firm 3rd Millennium in Cambridge, Mass.