Definition Edit

Digital information is

data stored on computers and in other digital media (e.g., magnetic or optical discs).[1]

Overview Edit

"Computer programs are used to manage and retrieve digital information. Software is necessary for users to access and manipulate digital information stored inside a computer or on storage media."[2]

Digital information is not just words and numbers. Anything that can be seen or heard can be digitized, so databases can include music, motion pictures, or photographs of art works. Some databases consist primarily of images. Mixed media or multimedia works are those that package together information in the form of images, sound, and/or text.

The salient aspects of digital information are the following:

References Edit

  1. Finding a Balance: Computer Software, Intellectual Property, and the Challenge of Technological Change, at 19.
  2. Id.
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