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Data, information and knowledge

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Data is processed by computers, the resulting information [information: data with context or meaning ] can then be used to make decisions. You need to know the definitions of data and information and the relationship between the two.

A definition of data

Data is words, numbers, dates, images, sounds etc without context.

This is a list of data items:

  • 42
  • rabbits
  • 16:00
  • 76
  • apples
  • 09743245530
  • £40
  • seaside

Data items need to be part of a structure, such as a sentence, in order to give them meaning.

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