Data and information are essentially the same thing

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The word “data” is a Latin plural for “something given or presented,” while the word “information” is derived from the Latin term meaning, “to form knowledge.”

So, yes: data and information are essentially the same things. In today’s digital world, there is no such thing as a data point; every single piece of information has been collected by someone at some time.

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For example, the date and time this blog post was written are part of its metadata (or “data about data”).

The machine-readable code in bold below will identify it to machines that crawl the text on web pages or search engines like Google.



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