Data FAQs:


Q: Are data individual pieces of information?

A: Yes.

Q: Are data the library catalog?

A: Yes, and which is a description of the contents of books.

Q: Are data "ancillary data"?

A: Yes.

Q: Are data raw data that is collected in an uncontrolled "in situ" environment?

A: Yes.

Q: Are data seen as information which can be used to enhance knowledge?

A: Yes.

Q: Are data also increasingly used in other fields, it has been suggested that the highly interpretive nature of them might be at odds with the ethos of data as "given"?

A: Yes, Peter Checkland introduced the term capta to distinguish between an immense number of possible data and a sub-set of them, to which attention is oriented.

Q: Are data measured?

A: Yes, and collected and reported, and analyzed, whereupon it can be visualized using graphs, images or other analysis tools.

Q: Are data data that is generated within the context of a scientific investigation by observation and recording?

A: Yes.

Q: Are data distinguished?

A: Yes.

Q: Are data the plural of datum, " given," neuter past participle of dare "to give"?

A: Yes, Data may be used as a plural noun in this sense, with some writers in the 2010s using datum in the singular and data for plural.

Q: Are data collected and analyzed?

A: Yes, data only becomes information suitable for making decisions once it has been analyzed in some fashion.

Q: Are data a series of symbols?

A: Yes, while information occurs when the symbols are used to refer to something.

Q: Are data the least abstract concept?

A: Yes, and information the next least, and knowledge the most abstract.