What is informatics? According to Indiana, Informatics is
- understanding the impact technology has on people.
- the development of new uses for technology.
- the application of information technology in the context of another field.
I visited the Informatics department in Bloomington a few months ago and sensed an excitement of growing a new discipline and bringing in many information technology researchers from different scientific disciplines. Note the real distinction between computer science that studies and improves the nature of computation and and informatics that aims for integration of information technology between various areas of study.
Mixing researchers from vastly different disciplines has had its shares of successes and failures and only time will tell how successful the Indiana experiment will become. But I'm extremely impressed with the commitment from the University and the state to this area of informatics and I expect we'll hear much more from Indiana in this area.