Informatics is the discipline of science which investigates the structure and properties of scientific information, identifying the regularities of scientific information activity, its theories, history, methodology and organisation. Informatics occurs across many otherwise disparate disciplines, from mathematics to law.
We live in an increasingly interconnected world of systems, where research infrastructure of different technological layers interoperates within the structure that drives their use and development. It is crucial that we begin to understand and manage the multi-scale nature and complexity of these networks.
We need to take an active partnership role in defining the methods for acquiring, storing, processing, communicating and reasoning about information, which in turn will further define the role of information in the University. We also need to work with local councils and the state government to support their location intelligence strategies.