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University of Kerala
Department of History
Credit based Semester System
Foundation Course Semester III

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  1. 1. INFORMATICS V. Sriram Chief Librarian Centre for Development Studies Thiruvananthapuram Email:
  2. 2. Information Technology • IT Literacy • IT for entertainment • IT for education • IT for development • IT for survival
  3. 3. IT Overview An introduction about the IT concepts Essential things in everyday life. Used by majority of people in most places. • Changes in Technology • Generations of gadgets • PDA’s, Tablets, Mobile Phones, Google Glass • Open Source Software • Android / Firefox
  4. 4. Knowledge Skills for Higher Education. Vast amount of knowledge is available in digital form and in virtual world. Basics of network, formats and access methods. • Using Internet • Academic writing • Repositories • Databases
  5. 5. Social Informatics The ethical, legal, and moral challenges posed by computers and technology • Responsible use • Open software and its freedom • Health and safety
  6. 6. Managing Data • Most of the data sets are available online • Knowledge about handling data sets. • Use of appropriate Software for practical statistical analysis • Data input, analysis, data presentation
  7. 7. R • R is a free software environment for statistical computing and graphics. It compiles and runs on a wide variety of UNIX platforms, Windows and MacOS. •
  8. 8. “Being computer literate doesn’t mean you need to know enough to program a computer or build one yourself. Just as with a car, you should know enough about it to take care of it and use it effectively.” - Informatics: Technology in Action
  9. 9. Thank you!