Raw Data

What Does Raw Data Mean?

Raw data refers to any data object that hasn’t undergone thorough processing, either manually or through automated computer software. Raw data may be gathered from various processes and IT resources.

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Raw data is also known as source data, primary data or atomic data.

Techopedia Explains Raw Data

Raw data is primarily unstructured or unformatted repository data. It can be in the form of files, visual images, database records or any other digital data. Raw data is extracted, analyzed, processed and used by humans or purpose-built software applications to draw conclusions, make projections or extract meaningful information. The processed data takes the form of information.

Business intelligence, data mining and some artificial intelligence may process raw data to produce meaningful results.

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