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Raw Data (Source Data or Atomic Data)

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Raw Data (Source Data or Atomic Data) - definitions

raw data (source data or atomic data) - Raw data (sometimes called source data or atomic data) is data that has not been processed for use. A distinction is sometimes made between data and information to the effect that information is the end product of data processing. Raw data that has undergone processing is sometimes referred to as cooked data.

Although raw data has the potential to become "information," it requires selective extraction, organization, and sometimes analysis and formatting for presentation. For example, a point-of-sale terminal (POS terminal) in a busy supermarket collects huge volumes of raw data each day, but that data doesn't yield much information until it is processed. Once processed, the data may indicate the particular items that each customer buys, when they buy them, and at what price. Such information can be further subjected to predictive technology analysis to help the owner plan future marketing campaigns.

As a result of processing, raw data sometimes ends up in a database, which enables the data to become accessible for further processing and analysis in a number of different ways.

Related glossary terms: data, data-driven decision management (DDDM), data-driven disaster, synthetic backup, data scrubbing, data cleansing_, data governance (DG), fixed data (permanent data, reference data, archival data, or fixed-content data), reference data, archival data, or fixed-content data), data hygiene, data quality_

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Source:, 03 September 2013 09:06:26, External

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Raw Data - This could be PAF® and/or GeoData or another dataset in a fixed width or csv format. In its original form, the data is supplied as a large, multi-segmented database which we convert into a file that can be easily used with most databases and spreadsheets.

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Allies, 14 December 2014 10:43:46, External

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