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data, data processing, jargon /day't*/ (Or "raw data")
Numbers, characters, images, or other method of recording,
in a form which can be assessed by a human or (especially)
input into a computer, stored and processed there, or
transmitted on some digital channel. Computers nearly
always represent data in binary.
Data on its own has no meaning, only when interpreted by some
kind of data processing system does it take on meaning and
become information.
People or computers can find patterns in data to perceive
information, and information can be used to enhance
knowledge. Since knowledge is prerequisite to wisdom, we
always want more data and information. But, as modern
societies verge on information overload, we especially need
better ways to find patterns.