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Business unIntelligence by Dr. Barry Devlin

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CHAPTER 3

Data, information and the hegemony of IT

 

“Information is an idea that has been given a form, such as the spoken or written word. It is a means of representing an image or thought so that it can be communicated from one mind to another.”

—Theodore Roszak

“It is a very sad thing that nowadays there is so little useless information.”

—Oscar Wilde

We live in the information age. Allegedly. “Information is the oxygen of the modern age,” according to none other than Ronald Reagan. And yet, even the most cursory discussion on the topic of information and data reveals a depth of confusion in business and IT minds about what exactly is meant by these terms. And that is without even mentioning knowledge and other “higher” forms of information. ...

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