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Information vs Knowledge

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Information is data that has been prepared for human consumption.
Knowledge is meaning communicated by humans for humans.

The Difference

Information is based on hard data. That doesn't mean it's accurate, true or meaningful -- just that data was used in its preparation. Information may be created automatically by machine or human labor may be involved in its design, processing and presentation.
Knowledge is based on human cognitive capabilities and can include learned facts, social information, imagination, storytelling and products of thought such as original ideas.


Information about a stock includes graphs of historical prices and calculated metrics such as price-to-sales ratio. Knowledge about a stock includes the opinion of analysts and insiders about the company's future earnings prospects.
Information vs Knowledge
Data processed and organized for human consumption.
Meaning communicated by humans for humans.
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Filter Bubble
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Independent Knowledge
Information Asymmetry
Knowledge Capital
Knowledge Economy
Knowledge Gap
Knowledge Loss
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Knowledge Quality
Knowledge Use
Knowledge Velocity
Knowledge Waste
Known Unknowns
Meta Knowledge
Pessimistic Induction
Prior Art
Qualitative Data
Situated Knowledge
Tacit Knowledge
Traditional Knowledge
Types Of Knowledge
Uncertainty Principle
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