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Social ICT Applications

Applications of information-communication technologies (ICT) in various areas of social activities are very often associated also with the notion of social informatics:

  • e-learning is ‘most often means an approach to facilitate and enhance learning through the use of devices based on computer and communications technology’. It is learning that is accomplished over the Internet, a computer network, via CD-ROM, interactive TV, or satellite broadcast.
  • e-governance:  an IT-driven e-governance system primarily involves the creation, storage, analysis, dissemination and use of information. E-governance automates and thereby speeds up routine administrative functions. It enables the government to work better, yields higher revenue growth and costs less, apart from servicing citizens' needs as never before.
  • economy (infonomics): Infonomics is a growing discipline and focuses on three areas that are highly important in the Information Society: (Business) Economics, Law and Sociology. Infonomics is defined as ‘the intelligent management of information’. As ‘economics’ is aimed at understanding how household goods can be managed, ‘infonomics’ tries to provide ideas and methods to people as well as organizations in order to make better use of information.
  • informatics in social care: Health care informatics is defined as ‘a field of study concerned with the broad range of issues in the management and use of biomedical information, including medical computing and the study of the nature of medical information itself. Medical informatics is often called healthcare informatics or biomedical informatics and forms part of the wider domain of e-Health.’