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Data to Wisdom (definitions by Crawford and Gorman, Future Libraries: Dreams, Madness, and Reality, 1995) ... Data - facts and other raw material that may be processed into useful information Information - data processed and rendered useful Knowledge - information transformed into meaning through action of the human mind, such that it can be recorded and transmitted Understanding - knowledge integrated with a world view and a personal perspective, existing entirely within the human mind Wisdom - understanding made whole and generative in the human mind