I was going to include this as a footnote in a document I'm writing but the it didn't seem necessary, so I'll put it here.
It can be useful to
distinguish between data and information in order to demonstrate that data is
not information and that you need to extract meaning from data to get
information. However, data needs information in the same way that information
needs data. Data presupposes at least the potential for finding meaning and
therefore information. Stuff would not be data if there was no chance of
meaning ever being extracted from it. It would just be: stuff. We wouldn’t call