Data, Information, And Knowledge

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Data, Information, And Knowledge

  1. 1. data, information, and knowledge
  2. 2. data <ul><li>When I get the following figures – I won’t know anything but the numbers i.e. they are just a data or numbers for me </li></ul><ul><li>71 </li></ul><ul><li>14.7 </li></ul><ul><li>28 </li></ul><ul><li>3 </li></ul><ul><li>7 </li></ul><ul><li>5.6 </li></ul><ul><li>5.6 </li></ul><ul><li>3.3 </li></ul><ul><li>8.3 </li></ul>
  3. 3. information <ul><li>When some more attributes are added to them they look like the followings: </li></ul><ul><li>71 meters </li></ul><ul><li>14.7 meters </li></ul><ul><li>28 meters </li></ul><ul><li>3 meters </li></ul><ul><li>7 meters </li></ul><ul><li>5.6 meters </li></ul><ul><li>5.6 meters </li></ul><ul><li>3.3 meters </li></ul><ul><li>8.3 meters </li></ul><ul><li>Now I know these are indicating some sort of length, but of what I still do not know - they become information for me </li></ul>
  4. 4. knowledge <ul><li>When more attributes and contexts are added, they look like: </li></ul><ul><li>Total Height: 71 meters </li></ul><ul><li>Head: 14.7 meters long </li></ul><ul><li>Shoulder: 28 meters wide </li></ul><ul><li>Neck: 3 meters long </li></ul><ul><li>Ear: 7 meters long </li></ul><ul><li>Nose: 5.6 meters long </li></ul><ul><li>Eyebrow: 5.6 meters long </li></ul><ul><li>Eye: 3.3 meters long </li></ul><ul><li>Middle Finger: 8.3 meters </li></ul><ul><li>And, now I know the information given was about the height, head, shoulder, neck, etc. Now I can decide it has something to do with a giant person, because I have knowledge that only human beings have eyebrow </li></ul>

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