October 31, 2003
Data != information

World drowning in oceans of data

800MB, per person, per year. Blimey.

But, the BBC uses the terms 'data' and 'information' interchangeably in this article, and they aren't the same thing at all. Data are just the raw material - information is meaningful and usable. I doubt very much that all 800MB could really be called information...

Posted to The Big Room by Simon Brunning at October 31, 2003 12:38 PM

Well, 'data' and 'information' are synonyms you know. Of course, the meaning of 'data' might have shifted because of computers, but one could successfully argue that it's still valid to use the words as equivalent words.

Posted by: simon on October 31, 2003 01:17 PM

I have a feeling that the degree of success behind such an argument would depend largely on the amount of alcohol consumed. IMHO data and information are not one and the same but I also reserve the right to change my opinion after lunch :)

Posted by: Dan on October 31, 2003 01:41 PM
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