Article: Informatics important to computing

Informatics undergraduate programs across the country are growing in popularity, in part due to rising demand for graduates and the skills they possess. the The Feb. 2010 issue of Communications of the ACM features an article titled "Why an Informatics Degree?" that answers the question "Isn't computer science enough?" while describing how Informatics programs supports students' interest in solving problems using novel applications of information technologies.

In the article, authors Dennis P. Groth and Jeffrey K. MacKie-Mason examine the history of the use of the term "Informatics" and its foundation in education in a continuum of computing disciplines, applications and contexts. With the ubiquity of computing and computational thinking, Informatics is increasingly used to describe a problem solving approach focused on the effective use of computing that incorporates business, science and the arts and humanities.

Communications of the ACM is a publication of ACM, the world's largest educational and scientific computing society. ACM delivers resources that advance computing as a science and a profession. Communications of the ACM is the leading print and online publication for the computing and information technology fields. Read by computing's leading professionals worldwide, Communications describes itself as the most trusted and knowledgeable source of industry information for today's computing professional.

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