A late 20th–early 21st century word, more widely used in Europe, referring to a person who conducts information studies. Just as mathematician practices mathematics, an informatician practices informatics.
ORIGIN 1960s: from information + -ics , translating Russian informatika.
There is a rival camp who are describing people who study information as informatists. It is derived by looking at people who practice science, scientists, and adding the appropriate ending, -ists, to informatics. Informatics and Informatician are firmly entrenched in the European vernacular and will ultimately trump informatists as the proper term.
The University of Edinburgh has an excellent Informatics program that turns out MSc and PhD level informaticians each year. Their definition of informatics takes into account four major discipline, all of which contribute to an informaticians studies. Wikipedia also has an entry about informatics and informaticians which will constantly be evolving.
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