February 20, 2009
What do you do at the school of information?
I have been faced by this question a lot since I have taken up this course. To me it sounds like someone from the 50’s or 60’s is asking an IBM employee, “What do you do in there?”
I believe the design of the school of information was done with keeping in mind that information is becoming like an intangible commodity (just like software), which needs to be engineered and then managed. So I’d like to answer this question in just two simple words – “Information Engineering”, which no doubt confuses people more . So I try and break it down like this:
“Engineering is a trait that human beings as a species have, from this derived mechanical engineering, where we tried to engineer stuff that moved about, then came electronics engineering which was derived when there was felt a need to move electrons about, this gave rise to computer engineering, which helped in engineering automated devices, then software engineering, to help move about computer instructions and now Information engineering, which in essence is realizing information as a very essential and critical commodity which more often than not has a monetary value associated with it, hence the need to generate, collect it with engineering precision and once accumulated, manage it to get the most from it.”
Posted by malhar at February 20, 2009 11:24 AM