In this topic, we define what “data” means, and we discuss how it forms the foundation of the DIKW Pyramid. We explore two passages from well-known texts to stress the importance of the quality of our data, which we compare to 1) the crime scene observations of a detective (Sherlock Holmes), and 2) the foundation of a house facing a fierce storm (a parable from the New Testament).
Exercise 1.2.Write down a list of three different sources of data that you have interacted with in the past week. They can come from any area of your life – professional, public, or personal.
“Data! Data! Data!” he cried impatiently. “I can’t make bricks without clay.”
Sherlock Holmes in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s ‘The Adventure of the Copper Beeches’