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.
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.