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Re: [xml-dev] What is Data?

Costello, Roger L. wrote:
>>> My objective is to merely make plain the fundamental ideas 
>>> which guide the formation of the science. 
>> I don't think that's possible.  I strongly suspect that any brief 
>> definition will cause more confusion and harm than good.
> What does that say about a field where it is not possible to make plain the fundamental ideas which guide the field?
1) What field? Conceptual modeling in XML? Philosophy of science? XML 
for business modeling?
2) There may be different paradigms in a field of research, each with a 
similar but not equivalent ontology. So even if the concepts are clearly 
defined in a paradigm, there may be differences between paradigms. This 
is perfectly acceptable. Read up on Thomas Kuhn. The concept information 
is typically equivalent to data in computer science, but in information 
modeling/requirements engineering information is interpreted data. In 
the former field, this distinction is seldom interesting, whereas in the 
latter the distinction is important since, for example, the context in 
which the data is used provides information. In software testing, 
defects (or bugs) are used, whereas in the dependability community 
faults are used instead. The concept of fault subsumes defects.

> /Roger 
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