Social Informatics - SI

Social Informatics - SI specialists study the social aspects of computer science while gaining insights into how information technology affects social environments and how social environments affect Information Technology - IT. Social Informatics is the study of information and communication tools in cultural or institutional contexts. Another definition is the interdisciplinary study of the design, uses and consequences of Information Technologies that takes into account their interaction with institutional and cultural contexts.

Social Informatics - SI refers to the body of research and study that examines social aspects of computerization, including the roles of information technology in social and organizational change and the ways that the social organization of information technologies are influenced by social forces and social practices. SI includes studies and other analyses that are labeled as social impacts of computing, social analysis of computing, studies of Computer-Mediate Communication - CMC, information policy, “computers and society,” organizational informatics, interpretive informatics, and so on. SI studies and courses are organized within diverse fields, including Information Science, Information Systems, Anthropology, Computer Science, Communications, Sociology, Political Science, and Science and Technology studies - STS.