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TALK: What is Information Science? For secondary school deans

posted Mar 21, 2014, 1:04 AM by Marco Spruit   [ updated Mar 24, 2014, 12:44 PM ]
Yesterday I gave a 15-minute talk to the secondary school deans of Noord-Brabant, as part of their UU Science Faculty tour, and whom I had prepared beforehand with a 1-page text (contact me for a copy) with a few paragraphs like the following:
"Informatiekunde is de leer van de toepassingen van informatie- en communicatietechnologie (ICT). Informatiekundigen verbinden mens, organisatie en techniek. Zij begrijpen zowel business als technologie en verbinden interne en externe communicatiestromen. Daar waar informatici achter hun computers algoritmiek ontwikkelen en software schrijven, ontwerpen informatiekundigen ICT oplossingen door in samenhang te analyseren wat gebruikers willen, wat de organisatie nodig heeft, welke ICT mogelijkheden hiervoor beschikbaar zijn, en hoe deze kunnen aansluiten op bestaande processen en de organisatiestrategie."
The presentation develops a new narrative and its main message did indeed land successfully in the deans' mindsets. Information science at Utrecht University is: (1) Application-oriented, (2) Multidisciplinary, and (3) 'Job-guaranteed'. Finally, from the many new slides in this 15-minute talk I particularly liked the following figure myself:

Collaborating in technology-assisted project meetings, Designing for effective interaction with serious games, Enabling smarter decision making in healthcare... Learn all about the technologies that shape our world at Informatiekunde in Utrecht

To all deans: feel free to contact me for more details. The 2-page PDF attachment below can be printed as a reference while informing your students. 
Marco Spruit,
Mar 24, 2014, 2:48 PM