Cookies?
Library Header Image
LSE Research Online LSE Library Services

Foreword: thinking informatically: A new understanding of information, communications, and technology

Land, Frank (2006) Foreword: thinking informatically: A new understanding of information, communications, and technology. In: Bryant, Antony, (ed.) Thinking Informatically: a New Understanding of Information, Communications, and Technology. hors série. Edwin Mellen Press, Lewiston, New York, pp. 4-12. ISBN 9780773457041

Full text not available from this repository.

Abstract

The spread of information and communication technologies (ICTs) since the late 1940s has been remarkable. ICTs are ubiquitous, and they are studied under a variety of different headings in various major divisions in Universities around the world. Yet one of the key reference disciplines – Information Systems [IS] – is a domain in crisis: Having battled for an existence and identity independent from computing and business, its legitimacy and coherence as a separate field of study has been questioned, both from within and without. This book analyzes and characterizes this dispute, and, using Zygmunt Bauman’s analysis of sociology, concluding that IS as a discipline is an inherently flawed discourse. The author offers an analysis of each element of the ICT triad – Information, Communication, Technology – and having done so, concludes that the more inclusive and challenging term informatics is more appropriate, and that the challenge is to think informatically. The remaining chapters then outline the ramifications of this challenge, seeking to revitalize informatics as a domain, and clarify its position in relation to related disciplines in the social sciences.

Item Type: Book Section
Official URL: http://www.mellenpress.com/mellenpress.cfm?bookid=...
Additional Information: © Edwin Mellen Press 2006
Library of Congress subject classification: T Technology > T Technology (General)
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > ZA Information resources
Sets: Research centres and groups > Information Systems and Innovation Group
Departments > Management
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2008 08:35
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/8796/

Actions (login required)

Record administration - authorised staff only Record administration - authorised staff only