information science


Definition of information science

: the collection, classification, storage, retrieval, and dissemination of recorded knowledge treated both as a pure and as an applied science

Examples of information science in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But that year, just 1 in 5 bachelor’s degrees in computer and information sciences were earned by women, according to the National Center for Women and Information Technology. Diego Mendoza-moyers,, "Self-taught: How a UTSA grad, Mexico native broke STEM mold, enters San Antonio cybersecurity workforce," 17 Jan. 2020 Koza remained at the university for 15 years, teaching computer science and medical information science classes. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, "Jackpot: Ann Arbor native helped create the lottery instant ticket," 26 Dec. 2019 Last year, President Donald Trump signed into law the National Quantum Initiative Act, which establishes research centers to focus on quantum information science. oregonlive, "Google scientists claim ‘quantum supremacy’," 23 Oct. 2019 Her talents were put to use last Tuesday when Evans-Bye spent most of the day aboard a sheriff’s boat operating a 25-pound, $100,000 VideoRay Pro 4 ROV utilized in her geographic information science and mapping classes at Clark Magnet. Andrew J. Campa, Glendale News-Press, "Clark Magnet teacher, sheriff’s volunteer aids in Conception tragedy recovery efforts," 13 Sep. 2019 Clark Magnet High School environmental geographic information science teacher Dominique Evans-Bye, here diving near the Los Angeles River last September, assisted in the Conception boat fire rescue and recovery efforts last Tuesday. Andrew J. Campa, Glendale News-Press, "Clark Magnet teacher, sheriff’s volunteer aids in Conception tragedy recovery efforts," 13 Sep. 2019 Henry earned a bachelor’s degree in geographic information science from The Ohio State University., "Shaker Heights Schools Alumni Hall of Fame to welcome eight new members: Press Run," 19 July 2019 Informatics and information science programs dig into the mysteries of databases and information systems and their power in society, too. Jessica Rosenworcel, WIRED, "To Really 'Disrupt,' Tech Needs to Listen to Actual Researchers," 26 June 2019 Her capstone for her master’s degree in information science at the University of North Carolina used Jeopardy! clues to assess how wording and length in trivia questions could impact their difficulty. Mahita Gajanan, Time, "Who Is Emma Boettcher? Meet the Strategic Librarian Who Dethroned Jeopardy! Champ James Holzhauer," 4 June 2019

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First Known Use of information science

1955, in the meaning defined above

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“Information science.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Mar. 2020.

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