Encyclopedia of Big Data

Living Edition
| Editors: Laurie A. Schintler, Connie L. McNeely


  • Anirudh PrabhuEmail author
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-32001-4_372-1



Informatics is the science of information, the practice of information processing, and the engineering of information systems. Informatics studies the structure, algorithms, behavior, and interactions of natural and artificial systems that store, process, access, and communicate information (Xinformatics Concept 2012).

The advent of “big data” has brought many opportunities for people and organizations to leverage large amounts of data to answer previously unanswered questions, but along with these opportunities come problems of storing and processing these data. Expertise in the field of Informatics becomes essential to build new information systems or adapt existing information systems to address “big data.”


The French term “Informatique” was coined in March 1962 by Phillipe Dreyfus – along with translations in various other languages....

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Further Readings

  1. Fourman, M. (2002). Informatics. In International encyclopaedia of information and library science. London, UK: Routledge.Google Scholar
  2. Fox, P. (2011). The rise of informatics as a research domain. In Proceedings of WIRADA Science Symposium, Melbourne (Vol. 15, pp. 125–131).Google Scholar
  3. Fox, P. (2016). Tetherless world constellation. Retrieved 22 Sept 2017, from https://tw.rpi.edu/web/courses/xinformatics/2016
  4. Ghahramani, Z. (2003). Information theory. In Encyclopedia of cognitive science. London, UK: Nature Publishing Group.Google Scholar
  5. Xinformatics Concept. (2012). Tetherless World Constellation. Retrieved 22 Sept 2017, from https://tw.rpi.edu//web/concept/XinformaticsConcept

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Tetherless World ConstellationRensselaer Polytechnic InstituteTroyUSA