Social Informatics by Leonard Bolc, Marek Makowski and Adam Wierzbicki pdf free download

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Social Informatics by Leonard Bolc, Marek Makowski and Adam Wierzbicki pdf free download

Social Informatics by Leonard Bolc, Marek Makowski and Adam Wierzbicki pdf free download. As information technology became ubiquitous, it did not take long for practically minded ICT specialists to realize the technology’s potential for supporting and enhancing our social activities. Today, it is a truism to say that information technology has a social dimension and a social impact—it is enough to consider such applications as Facebook, LinkedIn, or Wikipedia. Proponents of the social applications of ICT will go further and claim that information technology is reshaping the way we are doing business, working, learning, playing, and making friends or enemies. They will say that, for example, Wikipedia has the potential to completely change our economy (following Don Tapscott and Anthony Williams, the authors of Wikinomics).

Social Informatics by Leonard Bolc, Marek Makowski and Adam Wierzbicki pdf free download

Computer science was slower than the social sciences to direct its interests toward the social uses of its products. The concept of social informatics was first invented by Rob Kling, who deemed it as an area of study of information and communication tools in cultural or institutional contexts. However, he was not the only one, as for example ethnographists quickly became interested in the ways ICT influences our culture (consider the studies of YouTube by Michael Wesch). Media science and sociology have been geared up by the seminal works of McLuhan and are ready to tackle the new media created by ICT, as in the work of Manuel Castells. Psychologists quickly became interested in the Internet and computer games.

Social Informatics by Leonard Bolc, Marek Makowski and Adam Wierzbicki pdf free download

Economists recognized the quickly rising impact of e-commerce and e-business and focused much effort on their analysis. For some years now, computer scientists have been increasingly interested in the social dimension of ICT. These interests have taken various forms and followed various paths of development. Tim Beners-Lee has proposed what he has called “Web science,” as an area of research of the social impact of the Web and of how the Web can benefit from social concepts. In a seminal article in Science (February 2009), representatives of the social network community proposed to consider ICT as a rich source of information that should become the basis of “computational social science.” This concept is based on the work of projects such as “Reality Mining” at MIT that have indeed gathered enormous quantities of data about human behavior that can be used, for example, to drive social simulation.

Social Informatics by Leonard Bolc, Marek Makowski and Adam Wierzbicki pdf free download

Theoretical computer scientists have also found inspiration in the social sciences, and have created a new area of study: computational social choice theory. Social computing is also an area of interest in the community of artificial intelligence, among Web development professionals, and in other areas of ICT. What is apparent today is that all of these diverse and fascinating areas of inquiry have one feature in common: they attempt to go beyond the task of merely using ICT as a source of data for social science.

Social Informatics by Leonard Bolc, Marek Makowski and Adam Wierzbicki pdf free download

The reason for this ambition is that computer science is an inherently practical domain, where practical applications are what matters most at the bottom line. Thus, computer scientists and ICT professionals alike would like to improve the way ICT realizes social goals, supports social processes or applies social concepts. At the same time, ICT technology can become a source of information relevant for social sciences and for analysis of social phenomena (such as political or marketing analysis).

Social Informatics by Leonard Bolc, Marek Makowski and Adam Wierzbicki pdf free download

Social Informatics by Leonard Bolc, Marek Makowski and Adam Wierzbicki pdf free download


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