What is information? (1 of 2)

There are many definitions and concepts for the term information. In the context of this tool and for clarity we base our definitions on those of the UK Government in a recent publication on the subject.*

Term Definition
Information Produced through processing, manipulating and organising data to answer questions, adding to the knowledge of the receiver. Records usually contain information.
Data Data are numbers, words or images that have yet to be organised or analysed to answer a specific question.
Knowledge Undocumented (known by a person or persons). Involves interpreting information received, adding relevance and context to clarify the insights the information contains.

Typical examples of museum information could include:

*HM Government Information Matters: building government’s capability in managing knowledge and information Crown Copyright 2008