What is information?

  • (noun): A collection of facts from which conclusions may be drawn.
    Synonyms: data
    See also — Additional definitions below

Information

Information, in its most restricted technical sense, is a sequence of symbols that can be interpreted as a message. Information can be recorded as signs, or transmitted as signals. Information is any kind of event that affects the state of a dynamic system. Conceptually, information is the message (utterance or expression) being conveyed. The meaning of this concept varies in different contexts. Moreover, the concept of information is closely related to notions of constraint, communication, control, data, form, instruction, knowledge, meaning, understanding, mental stimuli, pattern, perception, representation, and entropy.

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Information-transfer Transaction
... In telecommunication, an information-transfer transaction is a coordinated sequence of user and telecommunications system actions that cause information ... An information-transfer transaction usually consists of three consecutive phases called the access phase, the information transfer phase, and the disengagement phase ...
Intranet - Benefits
... Intranets can help users to locate and view information faster and use applications relevant to their roles and responsibilities ... perform their jobs faster, more accurately, and with confidence that they have the right information ... Time Intranets allow organizations to distribute information to employees on an as-needed basis Employees may link to relevant information at their convenience, rather than being distracted ...
Differential Geometry - Applications
... In probability, statistics, and information theory, one can interpret various structures as Riemannian manifolds, which yields the field of information geometry, particularly via the Fisher ...
Point-to-point Protocol - PPP Frame - Structure of A PPP Frame
... Name Number of bytes Description Protocol 1 or 2 setting of protocol in data field Information variable (0 or more) datagram Padding variable (0 or more) optional padding The ... The Information field contains the PPP payload it has a variable length with a negotiated maximum called the Maximum Transmission Unit ... It might be padded on transmission if the information for a particular protocol can be padded, that protocol must allow information to be distinguished ...
Section 508 Amendment To The Rehabilitation Act Of 1973
... agencies to make their electronic and information technology accessible to people with disabilities ... Section 508 was enacted to eliminate barriers in information technology, to make available new opportunities for people with disabilities, and to ... they develop, procure, maintain, or use electronic and information technology ...

More definitions of "information":

  • (noun): A message received and understood.
    Synonyms: info
  • (noun): Knowledge acquired through study or experience or instruction.
  • (noun): Formal accusation of a crime.
  • (noun): (communication theory) a numerical measure of the uncertainty of an outcome.
    Example: "The signal contained thousands of bits of information"
    Synonyms: selective information, entropy

Famous quotes containing the word information:

    On the breasts of a barmaid in Sale
    Were tattooed the prices of ale;
    And on her behind
    For the sake of the blind
    Was the same information in Braille.
    Anonymous.

    Information networks straddle the world. Nothing remains concealed. But the sheer volume of information dissolves the information. We are unable to take it all in.
    Günther Grass (b. 1927)

    We hear a great deal of lamentation these days about writers having all taken themselves to the colleges and universities where they live decorously instead of going out and getting firsthand information about life. The fact is that anybody who has survived his childhood has enough information about life to last him the rest of his days.
    Flannery O’Connor (1925–1964)