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The excerpt is the definition of data with regards to computer science. Data is raw material for data processing. data relates to fact, event and transactions. Data refers to unprocessed information.

A more generic definition of data is : Factual information, especially information organized for analysis or used to reason or make decisions.

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http://www.thefreedictionary.com/data

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