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The 'language' of informatics: the nature of information systems

Beynon-Davies, Paul ORCID: 2009. The 'language' of informatics: the nature of information systems. International Journal of Information Management 29 (2) , pp. 92-103. 10.1016/j.ijinfomgt.2008.11.002

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This is the second paper in a series examining the fundamental nature of informatics. The aim of the current paper is to provide a more detailed account of the concept of an information system based upon an earlier paper entitled Informatics and the Inca. The paper also builds upon the content of the first paper in this series entitled Neolithic Informatics: The Nature of Information. We ground the discussion in a significant case from the Second World War: that of the Warning Network. The Warning Network was a system that contributed to victory of the Royal Air Force in the Battle of Britain. Through examination of this case we establish the idea of an information system as a semi-formal language necessary for the coordination and control of activity in various forms of human organization.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D731 World War II
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
U Military Science > U Military Science (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Informatics ; Information System ; Universals ; Second World War
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0268-4012
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2022 09:10

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