Computing is part of just about everything that touches our lives and people with information technology skills are some of today’s most in-demand employees, with headhunters having a hard time finding people with the right IT skills to fill open positions. Understanding different dimensions of computer science can be a daunting task, but information literacy has become part of the necessary skill set not only for software developers, but for all interested in a widely understood computing.
Published now in open access, ”Insight into Theoretical and Applied Informatics” by Andrzej Yatsko and Walery Suslow offers a comprehensive view of the entirety of informatics – taking into account the relation between key areas of computer science – even while the various components change and develop.
Unlike other books, this one bypasses the issues concerning the construction of computers and focuses only on the information processing. Informatics is the science comprising the study of the methods and techniques for collecting, storing, processing, analyzing, modeling and evaluating information, enabling its use for decision-making. It includes subjects related to information processing in computers and computer networks. Recognizing the importance of the human factor in the information processing, the authors present the theoretical foundations of computer science, software development rules and – most importantly – business aspects of informatics in non-technocratic, humanistic and comprehensible terms.
New independent areas of science and business, such as geoinformatics, bioinformatics, health informatics, social informatics, “saturated” with computing, are developing rapidly. Structured presentation of basic theoretical and practical issues of informatics can definitely be useful for the education sector, as there is a need for organized knowledge in this regard among the organizers of education and among young people choosing a career path.
“This book contains a wide-ranging introduction to several important areas in computer science such as algorithms and data structures, programming, and software engineering. It will make an excellent choice as a textbook for an IT course for students of fields other than computer science. It focuses on presentation of key ideas in the field and at the same time avoids technical details which would only obscure the presentation” says Dr Piotr Kalita, from the Jagiellonian University, in Krakow, Poland.
The book is available for free fully in open access on De Gruyter Online.