Data vs. Information
Date: Sat, 5 Sep 2009 00:36:42 -0400
I recently tried to make a case for
views<http://www.oraclenerd.com/2009/09/case-for-views.html>, 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 www.oraclenerd.com -- http://www.freelists.org/webpage/oracle-lReceived on Fri Sep 04 2009 - 23:36:42 CDT