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Data - Lingo

  1. In computing, data is information that has been translated into a form that is more convenient to move or process. Relative to today's computer and transmission media, data is information converted into binary or digital form.

  2. In computer component interconnection and network communication, data is often distinguished from "control information," "control bits," and similar terms to identify the main content of a transmission unit.

  3. In telecommunications, data sometimes means digital-encoded information to distinguish it from analog-encoded information such as conventional telephone voice calls. In general, "analog" or voice transmission requires a dedicated continual connection for the duration of a related series of transmissions. Data transmission can often be sent with intermittent connections in packet that arrive in piecemeal fashion.