A comment on my last blog post took me back to the days when I started working with Information Technology (IT). At that time our métier actually wasn’t called IT but EDP (Electronic Data Processing) – at least that was the case in my home country Denmark where we used the local TLA being EDB (Elektronisk Data Behandling).
I have earlier touched the long standing discussion about if “data quality” should be rebranded as “information quality” for example in the post called new blog name, as this should also require a new name for this blog.
The words data and information are indeed used very randomly around. In MDM (Master Data Management) we have two main domains being Customer Data Integration (CDI) and Product Information Management (PIM). Wonder if customer data is old school and product information is new school?
I can certainly recognise this issue from my own work! I find that it mainly comes down most cases. However, trying to stick to the DIKW hierarchy, with data being the bottom/foundation and information being the next step up.
For a lot of people, i suspect there’s no difference, or the potential for a snazzy acronym leads the way 🙂
In its most basic descriptions, data is the collection of facts, but without distinction on usefulness of these individual facts.
Information is when data is collated into meaningful groups (e.g. the outcome of a query – there’s now a criteria/interrogation that leads from data to information).
It’s one option for making the distinction, but one that will make a lot of people glaze oevr before you finish explaining 😉
Thanks Jens. I agree with your observations.