What is the difference between Data Conversion and Data Processing?

Data Conversion Data Processing

Our lives today are driven by the information we have and how we use it, we need information and information processing tools to lead our daily lives, to run our businesses, to run our society. Access to desired information was never this easy.

Data when processed gets converted into Information, this information when analyzed becomes Knowledge, and Knowledge brings Wisdom. Thus to bring us wisdom, we need to process data. And With ever evolving technology, we are processing way more data than we have processed ever, and converting it into information.

The terms “Data Conversion” and “Data Processing” are widely used and are used interchangeably and often as synonyms, general thinking is that these two are interchangeable, however these two are very different approaches when dealing with data, and are two different indispensable parts of a bigger term “Information Processing”.

Data processing as we discussed earlier is converting data into information. Data processing mostly involves performing various operations on data sets and converting them into useful information. These operations could be arithmetic, statistical or logical operations. Data is processed in various ways as well, conventionally it can be processed manually – by humans, or mechanically – by making use of machines, or electronically – by computers & software or through any combination of these three approaches.

Data processing may involve various processes, including but not limited to:

  • Validation – Ensuring that data is clean, correct and useful
  • Sorting – Arranging items in sequence and/or in different sets
  • Summarization – Reducing detail data to its main points
  • Aggregation – Combining multiple pieces of data
  • Analysis –Collection, organization, analysis, interpretation and presentation of data
  • Reporting – List detail or summary data or computed information
  • Classification – Separation of data into various categories

Whereas Data Conversion, as the name implies, deals with changes required to move or convert data from one physical environment format to that of another, like moving data from one electronic medium or database product onto another format. Data conversion is the conversion of computer data from one format to another. Data conversions may be as simple as the conversion of a text file from one character encoding system to another; or more complex, such as the conversion of office file formats, or the conversion of image and audio file formats.

Data conversion is technical process of changing the bits contained in the data from one format to another format for purpose of interoperability between computers. This can be done by using software and programs, such as special conversion programs, or through a complex process of going through intermediary stages, or through complex “exporting” and “importing” procedures, which involve converting to and from differently formatted files, for example converting to and from a tab-delimited or comma-separated text file.

Data conversion is a difficult and painstaking process and involves lot of decision making and process routines. While converting data it’s easy to discard information, however it is difficult to add information. Adding information is not just simply padding bits but it involves human judgment. When the data is converted and made feature rich, this cannot be done by just adding data, this can only be done by involving human intelligence and judgement. Also to make sure that the converted data is correct and free from error, human intervention is necessary.

Thus Data processing and Data conversion are two different approaches to deal with data while converting it into useful information, Arch Global Solutions offer precise and high quality Data Processing and Data conversion services to its clients. To know in detail about our services, please contact us or visit our website, www.archglobalsolutions.com

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