Social Systems Informatics

The three elements of Social Systems Informatics are embodied in its name. Social refers to an emphasis on interactions with others, as opposed to individual level behavior, within their physical, social, and virtual environments. Systems refers to distinct but interacting components of a social structure that are working together (or not). Informatics refers to the science of gathering, storing, and processing of data. There are opportunities to collect vast amounts of data pertaining to social interactions within and across systems- such as internet communications or video and audio images — but we currently have limited computational methods that can be applied to study these interactions.