What is Informatics?

Information is the summary of existing data. Technically, information are just facts and calculated data which are then turned into information, like sums and summaries. However, since information can also often be the hard-to-find or hidden data for an individual or the next project, both terms can be used interchangeably, and sometimes even interchangeably with one another. In some cases, information may be stored in files and referenced by other files and records without being stored in a database or file. This also allows for both to be called “information”.

If we wish to use the term informaci n f de la informaci, it would be more appropriate to use the word informatics, which is a combination of the words in form of “informatic” and “financial”. The term was first used in a paper by Ciprian Popoviciu and Marko Petracci, which became very popular in the field of information systems. The paper introduced the term “informatics”, which described a new discipline of science concerned with storing, tracking, accessing, analyzing, and using large scale databases and information systems. This discipline became increasingly popular in the field of computer science and it is now a part of the broader field known as “computer sciences”.

Although Informatics is becoming more important, it is still relatively new, having been created around 20 years ago. This means that many people in government and industry are not familiar with the term. In an attempt to standardize the use of the term, the NASW has Standards for Storing Federal Information in the Federal Information Retrieval Registry ( FIHR). Therefore, while the term informatics is not widely used in the field of federal agencies, it is used within the industry and in the academic community to describe a set of techniques that allow users to store, query, access and analyze large databases that can provide critical information.