Data is any form of signal, which humans or machines can usefully distinguish from other signals. Data is interpreted by some sensing Agent, a reader, or a computer, which tries to convert it into useful information.

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Concept Number: *319
English Master: Data
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Data can be viewed as a necessary System Resource. Data can also be viewed as a Process-Input and as a Process-Output. Data can be viewed in terms of its Function (“to warn”, “to give costs”), volume (bits), and in terms of both Cost (Cost to acquire, Cost to store, Cost to keep updated) and performance characteristics (including accuracy, updatedness, Credibility, precision, correctness).eDefinition




System Component

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This Concept entered by Nancy Sealy.

Created by system. Last Modification: Sunday 27 of October, 2013 22:42:08 CET by Kai Thomas Gilb.

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