What is “INFORMATICS”?

I had to make a presentation for a conference that started with the definition of Informatics.

I obviously know this topic because it is my job since 1986, but I didn’t want to be arrogant, so I looked up some more authoritative definitions.

To help my self confidence, each one of the definitions I found confirmed what I have always known and here I state: “Informatics is the science that studies information. It comes from french and it is the gathering of two words: INFORMation and automATIC. We can summarize that informatics is the science that studies how information (sometimes called data) is treated automatically.”

NOTE: at the end of this article, you'll find all the statements that I used in my presentation.

Have you read “computer” in this article yet? No, because computers are not the object of informatics. Obviously, they are the main instrument, but not the only one and it is for sure only an instrument.

While looking for definitions, I found a web site where there was written a list of heresies long enough to call an exorcist. I summerize what is written: INFORMATICS IS THE SCIENCE THAT STUDY COMPUTERS.

I admin: I hate offices.

FIRST INTRODUCTION: I am going to talk about offices in general, obviously I do not mean post offices or public offices, nor public services as hospital or police. Obviously I do not mean shops or public places, because they have specific necessities regarding working hours.

END OF FIRST INTRODUCTION

SECOND INTRODUCTION: I have worked in many different offices and the most modern open spaces, in Italy and abroad for more or less twenty years. I used to work for an American international company, so offices were comfortable and of high level. When, later on, I had my own company, I equipped my office myself to grant a level of comfort that was in my standards (so with coffee always turned on!). I met friends, very important people and also my husband on the working place.

END OF SECOND INTRODUCTION

I will be clear: If I were to rule the world, I would order the closure of a very office in a maximum of seven days. Why? Because I consider them ABSOLUTE EVIL.

First of all: they are places where people are forced to work and live side by side for hours and hours without choosing it. This forced choice, for my rebel soul, is just...