Data vs. Information

From: chet justice <>
Date: Sat, 5 Sep 2009 00:36:42 -0400
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I recently tried to make a case for
views<>, in the last line of the post I wrote:

Records in a table typically constitute data. Tables, joined together, in a
> view, tend to *turn that data into information.*

A very good friend and mentor who has like 27 masters degrees took umbrage with this statement. He said that data is information.

While I don't necessarily disagree with him, I tried to frame it in the context of a database. I've always been told, or read, or heard, that a database stores data and from that, you get information (in the form of queries, reports, etc).

Am I off my rocker here? Am I misinformed? Or just misspeak?

More than anything I think it was more of a theoretical discussion, but I have enough respect for this individual to give it further thought?

Anyone have an opinion or links on the subject?


chet justice

Received on Fri Sep 04 2009 - 23:36:42 CDT

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