Fundamentals of Database part 1

The difference between data and information

Why Databases?

Databases solve many of the problems encountered in data management

Used in almost all modern settings involving data management:




Important to understand how databases work and interact with other applications

Data vs. Information

  • Data are raw facts
  • Information is the result of processing raw data to reveal meaning
  • Information requires context to reveal meaning
  • Raw data must be formatted for storage, processing, and presentation
  • Data are the foundation of information, which is the bedrock of knowledge
  • Data: building blocks of information
  • Information produced by processing data
  • Information used to reveal meaning in data
  • Accurate, relevant, timely information is the key to good decision making
  • Good decision making is the key to organizational survival