The meaning of data as it is intended to be interpreted by people. Data consists of facts, which become information when they are seen in context and convey meaning to people. Computers process data without any understanding of what the data represents.
ETYM French, from Latin informatio representation, conception. Related to Inform.
1. A message received and understood; SYN. info, data.
2. Knowledge acquired through study or experience or instruction.
3. Formal accusation of a crime.
4. (Communication theory) A numerical measure of the uncertainty of an outcome; SYN. selective information, entropy.