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
Demonstration of data without context, items floating in space

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