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definition-Data

Definition:

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.

Alternative Names

Concept Number: *319
English Master: Data
Synonyms, Variations & Acronyms: none

Detailing

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


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Type

System Component


Examples

If “Stealth” = Aircraft Name.
The quote is used to express the Idea of a symbol string, the data “stealth”. It can for example be used in a logical expression.


Notes

1. Data is a primary form of input and output to intellectual, and computer-controlled, Processes. Data includes {characters, symbols, words, expressions, statements, diagrams}.

2. Data is not random meaningless signals. It is organized for analysis, or for use to help make decisions.


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Resource *199
Process-Input *178
Process-Output *179


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This Concept entered by Nancy Sealy.

Created by system. Last Modification: Thursday 11 of July, 2019 17:49:49 CEST by Admin (Kai).
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