The book provides an overview of the basic concepts of informatics. Dealing with the concerns and issues of digital technology, the text has been written with the objective of introducing students to the tools and applications of information technology, highlighting its use by the digital society. It creates awareness of the nature of the emerging digital knowledge society and social issues.
Organised into six chapters, the book explains the fundamentals of informatics. It begins with an overview of information technology, explaining the evolution of computers, computer classification, computer hardware and networking. The book then moves on to the Internet, examining it as a knowledge repository. IPR, copyright, patents and software license agreements are covered. The book also highlights and discusses social informatics, e-governance, applications of informatics in various subject areas and futuristic IT.
The book is primarily intended as a text for undergraduate and postgraduate students of various disciplines where informatics is prescribed as a core or foundation course. The book will also be of use to general readers who are interested in the applications of information technology.
Provides updated information as per the course curriculum of many universities.
Includes labelled illustrations for clear understanding of the concepts.
Chapter-end review questions reinforce concepts to help students prepare for examinations.
Presents an extensive glossary of technical terms.
Vijayakumaran Nair K., PhD, has been Associate Professor in the Department of Zoology, Mar Ivanios College, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. He has more than 25 years of experience in teaching this subject to UG and PG students. Prof. Nair has held responsible positions as Chairman of Board of Studies, and Board of Examiners at Kerala University, India. He has also been Chairman of Board of Question Paper Setters at Kannur University, India and has successfully conducted research projects funded by the State Committee on Science, Technology and Environment (Govt. of Kerala) and University of Kerala, India. He has many research publications and books to his credit. Vinod Chandra S.S., PhD, is Director, Computer Centre, University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram, India. He is leading many e-Governance projects associated with universities and Kerala Government. With more than a decade of teaching experience in various engineering colleges in Kerala, he has published more than fifty research papers on a wide range of topics in Machine Intelligence. He has also authored three established books. He is a reviewer of many international journals and chair of many International conferences. His research areas include machine learning algorithms and computational biology.