TO UNDERSTAND WHAT IS DATA
TO UNDERSTAND WHAT IS INFORMATION
TO DIFFERENTIATE BETWEEN DATA AND
DATA MEANS RAW FACTS AND FIGURES
INFORMATION IS THE RESULT OF PROCESSING
WHAT IS DATA?
Facts, statistics used for reference or
Numbers, characters, symbols, images etc.,
which can be processed by a computer.
Data must be interpreted, by a human or
machine, to derive meaning
So data is meaningless
Yes, Yes, No, Yes, No, Yes, No, Yes
42, 63, 96, 74, 56, 86
None of the above data sets have any
meaning until they are given a CONTEXT
and PROCESSED into a useable form
DATA CAN TAKE MANY FORMS
ALPHANUMERIC DATA (COMBINATION OF
NUMBERS AND LETTERS)
TEXT DATA (SENTENCES & PARAGRAPHS USED IN
IMAGE DATA (GRAPHICS, SHAPES, FIGURES ETC)
AUDIO (HUMAN VOICE & OTHER SOUNDS)
WHAT IS INFORMATION?
Data that has been processed within a
context to give it meaning.
"Information is data that has been
"Information is interpreted data"
Information is meaningful
Data need to be turned into
meaningful information and
presented in its most useful format
For example: What does the number
A birthday? (29th June 1996)
A bank account number?
A club membership number?
A telephone number?
Without processing or more information this
data is meaningless.
The colour red is data as it has no meaning.
What information we attach to the red colour is
On a traffic light it means STOP.
In a football match a red card means that the player has
In certain places the red colour may mean a danger zone.
Is put in
USING INPUT DEVICES
ON OUTPUT DEVICES
Process can be:
data. E.g. arithmetic
IN SIMPLE TERMS WE CAN SAY THAT:
DATA IS RAW FACTS AND FIGURES &
DATA IS MEANINGLESS
INFORMATION IS DATA THAT HAS BEEN PROCESSED
INFORMATION IS MEANINGFUL
In a factory, we use ______________________ as input
to produce _____________________ which is the
Choose between data or information
Stop signal from a traffic light________________.
A yellow card in a football match_____________.
a) What is data? [2marks]
b) What is information? [2marks]
c) State two examples of data. [2marks]
d) State two examples of information. [2marks]
e) What is the data that has been organized or presented in a
meaningful fashion? [1 mark]
f) How does the computer convert data into information? [1 mark]