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Towards informatics as a discipline: search for identity

  • Fred Mulder
  • Tom van Weert
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Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology book series (IFIPAICT)

Abstract

A changing discipline like informatics can be questioned with respect to its identity and its core concepts and skills. This concern is being expressed by the focus group papers and has led to this editorial paper. We discuss the different paradigms or views with respect to informatics that can be identified and comment on the resulting fragmented approach of the discipline. We advocate a more integral, generic and coherent approach. And we present some preliminary thoughts and notions as input for a search for the identity of the discipline, resulting in a first draft working definition for informatics as a discipline.

Keywords

Informatics other disciplines curriculum (general) taxonomies educational profiles professional profiles 

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© IFIP 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • Fred Mulder
    • 1
  • Tom van Weert
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of Engineering (Informatics)Open UniversityHeerlenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.School of Informatics, Faculty of Mathematics and InformaticsUniversity of NijmegenNijmegenThe Netherlands

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