The Relationship Between Data, Information and Knowledge based on an Observation of Engineering Designers: Design Theory and Methodology

Publication: Research - peer-reviewArticle in proceedings – Annual report year: 1999

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  • Author: Ahmed, Saeema


  • Author: Blessing, L.

  • Author: Wallace, K. M.

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The aerospace industry, along with other industries, has acknowledged the need to bridge the experience gap between novice and experienced designers [Moore, 1997]. The research aims to identify the support a novice designer requires to gain experience faster. The focus of this paper is to present some initial results of a study of novice and experienced designers. This initial study highlighted the difficulty in establishing consistent and precise usage for the terms data, information and knowledge. It is concluded that data, information and knowledge are relative concepts that cannot be defined in absolute terms. As relative concepts, these help differentiate experts and novices, and different types of novices. The relationships between data, information and knowledge are examined with the aim of prompting a discussion.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationASME/DETC
Place of PublicationLas Vegas
PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers
Publication date1999
StatePublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes
EventASME 1999 Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference - Las Vegas, United States


ConferenceASME 1999 Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
CountryUnited States
CityLas Vegas
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