The Book of Informatics

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Information disciplines are changing from their historical grounding in computing, management information systems and library sciences towards a mainstream assimilation within other disciplines including accounting, marketing, law, the physical sciences and media studies (to name a few). In light of this, new disciplines such as health informatics, art informatics, and bioinformatics, along with specialised subareas such as knowledge management are emerging. These and many other applications of informatics in traditional disciplines are becoming more important as IT/IS becomes fully mainstreamed.This book is also a response to developments in IT/IS curricula in Australia and internationally. All universities offer an Information Systems programme and IS, already normal both in business schools and in IT schools, is widely repositioning as servicing applied informatics fields. A number of emerging courses in the informatics and Knowledge Management area could potentially adopt a book such as this (these numbers are predicted to rise). Universities including Griffith, Murdoch, Monash, Sydney, Canberra, Flinders, NTU, CQU, UWA, Latrobe, Ballarat and the University of Wollongong all now conduct bachelors and/or masters courses in Informatics, or full degrees, particularly in Business Informatics and Health Informatics but also in Arts and Science subjects. Other universities have created separate faculties for Informatics subjects for example CQU has a faculty of Informatics and Communication, and Wollongong has a faculty of Informatics, and these host a range of the cognate subjects in informatics such as information systems and computing science.

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John is Adjunct Professor in Intelligent and Integrated Systems at Griffith University. He is also Adjunct Professor in Information Technology at Murdoch University. A former Head of School both at Griffith and at Murdoch John has researched and taught information systems at all levels for over 20 years, in the UK, in Australia and in China. A pioneer in knowledge elicitation methods, John has been on software research and development teams for various innovative decision support and collaborative systems. He has held several research grants in the UK, in Australia and with APEC. Professor Gammack has authored around 200 research papers and monographs and has designed, developed or externally reviewed undergraduate and postgraduate curricula at various Universities.

Val is a senior lecturer at Murdoch University. Her teaching is in the areas of information systems and knowledge management. Val has undergraduate degrees in Computer Science and Ecological Science and completed her PhD at Aberdeen University. Her research interests and recent publications concern knowledge modelling, multimedia database design and template-based information repurposing.

Diarmuid has degrees in Philosophy and Library Studies, and is currently completing his PhD in the conceptual modelling of knowledge. He has over twenty years industry experience in systems design and development, particularly in management of online digital assets and methods of knowledge modelling, and has published many papers in these areas. Diarmuid is the creator of the intercultural knowledge programming language Protium.

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