Explainer: Data — waiting to become information

Information represents the analysis that brings value to numbers and other factoids

By Janet Raloff, 15:06 PM December 11, 2013

Governments, businesses and other organizations pay huge sums of money to collect data. Their goal is to better understand something vital to their mission. It’s not those data that really interest them, however. What they want is information — knowledge that comes from finding trends in the data

For instance, climate scientists may want to learn whether Earth’s gradual warming has been occurring in all places and at the same rate. City leaders may want to know if they will need to build more ...

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