Social Informatics

Social Informatics (SI) deals with the interrelationship of information- and communication technology and social change. SI starts with the questions

How does technology affect people?

What do people do with technology?

This leads to further questions ... 


See below in more about SI for more about the term social informatics, its tasks and the disciplines it builds upon.


Target audience and purpose

Staff members, executives and freelancers form different project and line functions, whose tasks cover analysis, design, implementation, evaluation and product management, including marketing of soft- and hardware in the era of the internet of things, the internet 4.0. Profound knowledge of theories, concepts and methods of SI is beneficial: both in computer science and in sociology and other human sciences. A further audience of seminars in Social Informatics are bachelor and master students of different specialities. The more diverse the better. We learn through diversity.


Contents and learning objectives

You become acquainted with theories, concepts and methods of SI by working on realistic cases. During the workshops and seminars you use empirical methods from sociology and software-engineering:

  • Getting started: Social net and electronic media.
  • Exploration and evaluation: What do the users need?
  • Internationalization and globalization: Life is a net.
  • Product management and ethics: The art of balance between the technically feasible
  • and social consequences.
  • Life world and work world: In fact I live while I work.
  • Digital Dexterity and Internet of Things: About handling the new.
  • Synopsis: It's all about communication.

This involves also:

identity, management, ethics, network analysis, embracing technology, creating change. 


More about SI ... a definition

[Social Informatics (SI) is also known as Socioinformatics.]


Social informatics deals with the interrelationship of information and communication technology and social change. This affects individuals, groups, (international) organizations (companies, public authorities, associations, etc.) plus local communities, states and international communities of states. 


The task of social informatics is to support by research and development the design, implementation and maintenance of information systems for the benefit of individuals, groups and society, so that those who develop, build, sell and maintain these systems tailor technology to people and not conversely. To afford this, social informatics builds upon disciplines such as sociology, psychology, philosophy, anthropology, historical sciences, economics, law and – of course – computer sciences. 


Especially the World Wide Web and the Internet have a lasting effect on our daily life: Web 1.0 (static data presentation), Web 2.0 (the reader turns into a player, for instance in social media), Web 3.0 (semantic) and the Internet of Things, Internet 4.0. 


(translated from Sozioinformatik, 2021, pp 20-21)


Reading material

Setting: talks, workshops, seminars

In talks you and I enter a dialogue on selected topics of SI. For the design of workshops and seminars tailored to the needs of your company, institution or university feel free to contact me.