Data (Definition)

The representation of facts, concepts or instructions in a formalised (consistent and agreed) manner suitable for communication, interpretation or processing by human or automatic means. Typically comprised of numbers, words or images. The format and presentation of data may vary with the context in which it is used. Data is not information until it is utilised in a particular context for a particular purpose. Examples include; Coordinates of a particular survey point; Driver licence number; Population of Queensland; Official picture of a minister in jpeg format.


Last Reviewed: 24 January 2018