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Data vs Information

 , updated on March 20, 2017
Data are raw facts that can be processed by machines at high speed.
Information is data that has been processed and organized for human consumption.


Data implies raw facts that are organized for machines in files, databases and data structures.
Information implies data that has been processed by a machine to be understood by people. Information created by humans for humans is generally considered knowledge.


Market data might include the details of 1.2 billion trades that occurred over a ten year period for a large company's stock. Such data is summarized in an informative graph that shows the price over time. People can instantly understand information in a graph of the historical price of a stock. The raw data used to create such graphs is prohibitively large to be useful to a person.
Data vs Information
DefinitionFacts in formats that are useful to machines.Data that has been processed and structured to be of use to people.
ExampleA weather database that captures millions of atmospheric observations a day from weather stations and satellites.A weather report.


This is the complete list of articles we have written about data.
Abstract Data
Atomic Data
Big Data
Cohort Analysis
Dark Data
Data Analysis
Data Architecture
Data Attribute
Data Cleansing
Data Collection
Data Complexity
Data Consumer
Data Control
Data Corruption
Data Custodian
Data Degradation
Data Dredging
Data Entity
Data Federation
Data Integration
Data Integrity
Data Liberation
Data Lineage
Data Literacy
Data Loss
Data Management
Data Migration
Data Mining
Data Owner
Data Producer
Data Quality
Data Remanence
Data Risks
Data Rot
Data Science
Data Security
Data States
Data Uncertainty
Data Veracity
Data View
Data Volume
Data Wipe
Decision Support
Deep Magic
Empirical Evidence
Event Data
Hard Data
Information Assurance
Legacy Data
Machine Data
Market Research
Master Data
Misuse of Statistics
Personal Data
Personal Information
Predictive Analytics
Primary Data
Primary Research
Qualitative Data
Qualitative Info
Quantitative Data
Raw Data
Reference Data
Small Data
Soft Data
Source Data
Statistical Analysis
Statistical Population
Structured Data
Transactional Data
Types Of Data
Unstructured Data
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