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n. ~ 1. The study of the computational, social, cognitive structure, and the properties of information, especially as regards the use of technology to organize, store, retrieve, and disseminate information. - 2. Computer applications, especially the use of structured databases used to store and extrapolate research.

(Ediburgh University Informatics) Informatics studies the representation, processing, and communication of information in natural and artificial systems. It has computational, cognitive and social aspects. The central notion is the transformation of information – whether by computation or communication, whether by organisms or artifacts. ¶ Understanding informational phenomena – such as computation, cognition, and communication – enables technological advances. In turn, technological progress prompts scientific enquiry. The science of information and the engineering of information systems develop hand-in-hand. Informatics is the emerging discipline that combines the two.
(McCrank 2002, p. 50) The term with its classical etymology had been coined simultaneously in more than one place and in more than one language. Before long 'informatics' evolved into a generic term in American English for computer applications in any field and was widely adopted in Biomedicine without regard for its origins.