INFORMATION - A TAXONOMY AND INTERPRETATION
This paper presents the authors' opinions on the nature of information in order to explore a consistent set of terminology for this area. The contents of information can concern tangible objects and process objects. The constituents of information include data, observations, evidence, rules, theories, knowledge, experience, etc. Various processes form the relationships among these constituents to show how information can be transformed and codified. Information can be stored in tangible records. A model of communication is proposed. Characteristic dimensions of messages show their types, modes, location, structuring, complexity, etc. Using information leads to knowing, information in the human mind.