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Informatics: A new word in English Dictionaries

The field of Informatics is so new that dictionary definitions of the subject are only now beginning to appear in standard English college dictionaries around the world. It is interesting to note that the original definition for Informatics that appeared in the Wiki Open-Source Encyclopedia was adapted from the definition given on the website of Indiana University School of Informatics, Bloomington, IN. While there is a general consensus that informatics has something to do with interaction with information, dictionary writers are currently having a difficult time differentiating between informatics and information science. However, these definitions will continue to evolve as the discipline becomes more established and the body of published works in the field increase.
  • Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary:

    in-for-mat-ics in-fer-'ma-tiks. noun plural but singular in construction (International Scientific Vocabulary information + -ics) chiefly British : INFORMATION SCIENCE

  • Merriam-Webster Medical Dictionary:

    informatics n pl but sing in constr: the collection, classification, storage, retrieval, and dissemination of recorded knowledge. see BIOINFORMATICS

  • WordNet:

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

  • Wikipedia:

    Informatics Information science is the science of information. It is often, though not exclusively, studied as a branch of computer science and information technology and is related to database, ontology and software engineering.

    Information science is primarily concerned with the structure, creation, management, storage, retrieval, dissemination and transfer of information. Information science also includes studying the application of information in organizations, on its usage and the interaction between people, organizations and information systems. Within information science, attention has been given in recent years to human computer interaction (HCI) and to the ways people generate, use and find information.

  • The Macquarie Dictionary:

    informatics: a discipline of science which investigates the structure and properties of scientific information as opposed to the content. 2. computer science. [translation of Russ. informatika; informat(ion) + -ics]

  • The Oxford Dictionary:

    informatics: /infrmattiks/   plural noun treated as sing. Computing the science of processing data for storage and retrieval.

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