7 Definitions of Data
John Spacey, updated on November 09, 2016
Data is often defined incorrectly as "facts" or "numbers" when data can be both nonfactual and non-numeric. The following definitions are arguably correct from the perspective from which they are defined.
Universal(1) Data is the representation of meaning with symbols, signals or states.(2) Data is a recording, transmission or state that represents meaning that can be qualitative or quantitative.(3) Data is an attempt to represent facts and ideas with some degree of accuracy.
Computing(4) Data is knowledge, media or information that is represented in binary format on machines.(5) Data is a recording of user input, knowledge artifacts, sensor outputs, interactions, transactions, calculations, equipment output or machine generated insights.
Knowledge Management(6) Data is raw information that isn't optimized for human understanding.
Artificial Intelligence(7) Data is machine based knowledge.
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