A Changing Role for Information Technology in Scientific Studies

By Tom Chan and J. Stephanie Collins.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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Natural sciences are the basis for applied sciences. Together, they are distinguished from the social sciences on the one hand, and the humanities on the other. Scientific studies are empirical based, starting with theories and models, and ending in generalizations and predictions. While computer science is neither natural nor social sciences, it provides many useful tools and frameworks in these fields of studies. The speed and storage of computers enable huge amount of information to be processed effectively; empowering researchers to perform sophisticated analysis that would not have been possible manually. As our scientific knowledge grew over the last few decades, computers are called upon to study and simulate ever complex phenomena. Science today is faced with a deluge of data. More than just a computational tool, technology becomes a way to construct theories and analyse problems. It is also called upon to manage this huge knowledge depository, facilitating its publication, dissemination and preservation.

Keywords: eScience, Digital Curation, Data Exploration, Database Analysis, Information Technology

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 6, Issue 1, pp.175-182. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 725.625KB).

Dr. Tom Chan

Professor, Computer Information Technology, School of Business, Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester, New Hampshire, USA

Tom S. Chan is a Professor at the Computer Information Technology Department, Southern New Hampshire University at Manchester, New Hampshire, U.S.A. He holds a Ed.D. from Texas Tech University, and M.S.C.S. from the University of Southern California. Prior to SNHU, he was an Assistant Professor at Marist College, and as worked as project manager and software engineer specialized in communication network at Citibank. He has published works in the area of Instructional Design, Distance Learning, Technology Adaptation & Diffusion, Information Security and Mobile Technology.

Dr. J. Stephanie Collins

Professor of Information Technology, School of Business, Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester, New Hampshire, USA


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