Information is about communication

June 10, 2008

Working definitions:
data: a string of identified but unevaluated symbols
information: evaluated, validated or useful data
knowledge: information in the context of understanding

“(…) And therein lies the key to the tower of Babel: Information is about communication. It involves the exchange of symbols. ideas, messages, and meaning between people. As such, it is characterized by ambiguity, redundancy, inefficiency, error, and indescribable beauty.”

From: Morville, Peter (2005), Ambient Findability, Sebastopol: O’Reilly, p.46

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